Paid time off (PTO)
The paid time off (PTO) program is one of two paid leave programs. The program you use and your accrual schedule depends on the date you were hired, rehired or moved into a regular (permanent) position and/or union status. To determine whether PTO applies to you, see paid leave programs.
What can paid time off be used for?
Paid time off (PTO) is one bank of paid leave time to use for:
The following medical reasons
- You are sick
- A family member (spouse, children, parents or person residing in your household) is sick and needs your care, including adult children, siblings, grandparents, and step-parents (as of August 1, 2013)
- You have a doctor, dentist, or medical appointment
- You are having a baby
- You are going to donate an organ
- Non-medical reasons
- The vacation and PTO donation program
Also may be used for
- Trade Time for Fitness reimbursements
- Payment of long-term disability insurance
- Payment of short-term disability insurance
- Severance pay
Why does the county offer PTO?
- Gives employees more paid time off for non-medical reasons (up to 10 extra days per year for most full-time employees)
- Encourages advanced planning for time off
- Reduces unscheduled absences
- Keeps Hennepin County competitive with other employers