Amazon employs millions of people in its warehouses, office positions, and management positions every year.
But before you apply for a job at Amazon, you may be curious about the vacation time the retailer offers. For example, do part-time employees get vacation time? Here’s everything I discovered about Amazon’s vacation policy!
Amazon’s Vacation Policy
Amazon grants employees paid vacation time. However, the amount of vacation time each employee earns depends on whether they’re paid hourly or on a salary and the number of hours they work each week. Additionally, the amount of vacation time increases after the first year of employment at Amazon.
Keep on reading to learn more about paid vacation time for salaried and hourly workers and whether or not Amazon grants paid sick time!
What Is Amazon’s Vacation Policy?
The amount of vacation time employees at Amazon earn depends on whether the company pays them hourly or on a salary.
For example, Amazon’s salaried employees receive two weeks of vacation time during their first week of employment.
After salaried employees go into their second year of work, they earn three weeks of vacation time.
On the other hand, Amazon’s hourly employees earn five days of vacation time during their first year of employment and ten days in their second year working at Amazon.
Do All Amazon Employees Have The Same Amount Of Vacation Time?
Amazon does not give all of its employees the same amount of vacation time.
Instead, the amount of vacation time an employee earns is based on the number of hours they work each week.
Amazon separates its employees into classes to make it easier for people to gauge how much vacation time they’ll accumulate every week.
For example, Amazon divides its hourly workers into the following classes:
- Class F (work 40 hours per week)
- Class R (work between 30-39 hours per week)
- Class H (work between 20-29 hours per week)
It’s important to note these classes don’t apply to Amazon employees in California because the state has different laws regarding employee benefits.
How Is Vacation Time Tracked At Amazon?
Amazon tracks its employees’ vacation time each pay period. For example, paid vacation time is accrued on a per-pay-period basis for Amazon employees.
Therefore, each paycheck displays how much paid vacation time an employee has earned.
How Much Vacation Time Do Hourly Employees At Amazon Earn During Their First Year?
During their first year of employment at Amazon, employees earn different paid vacation time depending on their class (see above).
For example, Class F employees (40 hours a week) receive five days of paid vacation during their first year of employment.
On the other hand, Class R workers (30-39 hours a week) earn 3.75 days of vacation time in their first year at Amazon.
Finally, part-time employees (20-29 hours a week) receive 2.5 days of vacation time in their first year.
How Much Vacation Time Do Salaried Employees At Amazon Earn?
Salaried employees at Amazon earn a little more paid vacation time than hourly employees do during their first year.
However, paid vacation time for salaried employees differs depending on the number of hours they work each week.
For example, salaried employees who work 40 or more hours each week receive ten days of paid vacation during their first year of employment.
If a salaried worker works between 30-39 hours, they earn 7.5 days of paid vacation time.
Finally, part-time (20-29 hours per week) salaried employees receive five days of paid vacation time during their first year of employment.
Does Amazon Offer Employees Paid Personal Time?
Yes, Amazon offers its employees paid personal time, and it’s accrued differently than paid vacation time.
According to Amazon’s website, employees accrue their paid personal time on the last day of their first pay period and on January 1 in the following years.
The remainder of the paid personal time employees earn is spread out over the remaining 11 bi-weekly pay periods or five pay periods if you’re paid monthly.
How Much Personal Time Do Amazon Employees Have?
Like paid vacation time, paid personal time differs depending on the number of hours an Amazon employee works each week.
For example, the amount of paid personal time Amazon employees earn per year is divided into the following categories:
- Part-time (20-29 hours per week) earn three days
- Reduced time (30-39 hours per week) earn 4.5 days
- Full-time (40 or more hours per week) earn six days
Does Amazon Grant Employees With Sick Time?
In addition to paid vacation and personal time, Amazon also grants employees sick time.
However, the amount of sick time Amazon employees earn depends on local, city, and state ordinances.
To find out how much sick time your local Amazon location grants, feel free to call the customer service line at (866) 749-7538.
Does Amazon Pay Its Employees Extra On Holidays?
One benefit to working at Amazon is that the company pays employees extra (time and a half) on certain holidays.
Amazon pays employees extra on holidays as a way to thank them for sacrificing their time on special days. The holidays that qualify for extra pay include:
- New Year’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Independence Day
- Christmas Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Labor Day
Do Employees Get Leaves Of Absence At Amazon?
Amazon offers employees leaves of absence for qualifying reasons.
However, most leaves of absence at Amazon are unpaid, except for some pregnancy and parental leaves or jury, military, and bereavement leave.
Other reasons Amazon grants leaves of absence include:
- Qualifying medical conditions
- Adoption of a new child
- Personal reasons
All leaves of absence at Amazon have various length limits, and some may even require certification or approval from a manager or Human Resources.