Overview

Taking time off from work is important for your overall well-being and productivity in both your professional and personal life. You may also find the need to take extended time away from work for health, family, or other reasons. We follow state and local laws for other leaves where applicable.

Taking time off from work is important for your overall well-being and productivity in both your professional and personal life. You may also find the need to take extended time away from work for health, family, or other reasons.

Belk offers a variety of benefits that allow you time to relax, recover, care for family members, honor personal commitments, and more.

For a list of holidays, see your HR contact.

Paid Time Off

Belk offers an integrated Paid-Time Off (PTO) program for all associates. Associates may use any days of accrued PTO for vacation and sick days.

The amount of PTO you receive is based on whether you are a part-time or full-time associate, as well as on your tenure and job classification (salaried or hourly).

Full-Time Schedule

 Full-Time Salaried AssociatesFull-Time Corporate Hourly AssociatesFull-Time Store/DC Hourly Associates
Less than 5 years201514
5 – 9 years252019
10+ years302524

Part-Time Schedule

 Part-Time Hourly Associates
With at least 20 average weekly hours
Less than 5 years10 hours
5 – 9 years20 hours
10+ years30 hours

All associates begin to accrue PTO on the first of the month following their hire date.

You may carry over up to 40 hours of PTO to the following year for use by a certain date. You can use your PTO program in 1.0 hour increments.

Holidays, jury duty, and bereavement leave are separate from the PTO program.

Review the Paid Time Off Policy to learn more.

Family Leave

Sometimes you need to take extended time away from work to care for a new baby or family member or to recover from an illness. Through the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), you may be eligible to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave.

Qualifying situations include:

  • Your own serious health condition that makes you unable to perform the functions of your job (runs concurrently with Short-Term Disability [STD]).
  • A serious health condition of your child, spouse, or parent that requires you to care for that family member.
  • The birth of a child that requires you to take time off to care for the child (six or eight weeks depending on vaginal or Cesarean childbirth; will run concurrently with STD).
  • The placement of a child with you for adoption or foster care.
  • Covered military family leave.

Leave Eligibility

To be eligible for Family and Medical Leave:

  • You must have worked for the company for at least 12 months and at least 1,250 hours during the year preceding the start of the leave.
  • There must be at least 50 company employees within 75 miles of your work site.

For more information, contact HR Shared Services Call Center or see the Belk Family and Medical Leave Act policy.

Medical Leave

Belk provides an unpaid Medical Leave of Absence from your work if you are unable to work due to a serious medical condition you or a family member is experiencing. Medical Leave is generally taken up to 12 months. However, it can be extended beyond 12 months. Associates who are not covered by a disability plan or eligible under FMLA are eligible for Medical Leave.

See the Belk Medical Leave policy for more information.

Military Leave

To support your service to your country, you may be eligible for an approved leave of absence consistent with the requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA).

See the Belk Military Leave policy for more information.

Unpaid Time Off

You may take unpaid time off, with manager approval, when time off is not covered by one of the other leave or paid time off policies. Associates may take up to 30 calendar days within a 12-month period. Unpaid time off is not a protected leave of absence.

See the Belk Unpaid Time Off policy for more information.

Jury Duty

If you are called to jury duty or subpoenaed to serve as a witness, you can receive the paid time off needed to meet your civic obligations.