recognizes and emphasizes the importance of time away from
work and provides both a generous and extremely flexible
leave program as a way to help balance the needs of our
personal and professional lives. The following leave options
are some of the ways we meet these needs.
10 Paid Holidays
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Day
- Washington’s Birthday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Veteran’s Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
As a full time employee you will accrue annual leave at
the following rates and are eligible to take vacation with no
– 3rd year
hours (13 days)
- 14th year
hours (20 days)
year and after
hours (26 days)
- You are also eligible to carry forward 30 days of annual leave
- AND employees are cashed out for any unused annual leave at
the time of separation or retirement.
*Part-time employees earn leave on a pro-rated basis.
a full time employee you will accrue sick leave of 104 hours (13
days) per year.
is no limit on the amount of sick leave you may accumulate.
BPA’s discretion, a maximum of 30 days of sick leave may be advanced
to you with a medical emergency or for purposes related to the
adoption of a child.
may be advanced 5 days of sick leave for family care or bereavement
As a full-time employee, you may use
40 hours (5 workdays) of sick leave each leave year to:
- provide care for a family member who is incapacitated as a
result of physical or mental illness, injury, pregnancy, or childbirth;
- provide care for a family member as a result of medical, dental,
or optical examination or treatment; or
- make arrangements necessitated by the death of a family member
or attend the funeral of a family member.
additional 64 hours (8 workdays) of sick leave may be used each
year if you maintain a balance of at least 80 hours of sick
leave. Part-time employees and employees with uncommon tours of
duty are also covered, and the amount of sick leave permitted for
family care and bereavement purposes is pro-rated in proportion to
the average number of hours of work in the employee's scheduled
tour of duty each week.
"Family member" is defined as:
- spouse, and
parents of your spouse;
- children, including adopted children, and spouses thereof;
- brothers and sisters, and spouses thereof; and
- any person
related by blood or affinity whose close association with you is
the equivalent of a family relationship.
and Medical Leave Act
Under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993
(FMLA), most BPA employees are entitled to a total of up to 12
workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for the following
- the birth of a son or daughter of the employee and the care
of such son or daughter;
- the placement of a son or daughter with the employee for adoption
or foster care;
- the care of spouse, son, daughter, or parent of the employee
who has a serious health condition; or
- a serious health condition of the employee that makes the employee
unable to perform the essential functions of his or her positions.
Benefits and Protection
- Upon return from FMLA leave, an employee must be returned to
the same position or to an "equivalent position with equivalent
benefits, pay, status, and other terms and conditions of employment."
- If you take
FMLA leave you are entitled to maintain health benefits
coverage. If you take unpaid FMLA leave you pay the employee share
of the premiums on a current basis or pay upon your return to
more detailed information visit Sick
Leave to Care for a Family Member.
FMLA leave is in addition to other paid time off available to
Marrow or Organ Donor Leave
- As an
employee, you may use up to 7 days of paid leave each calendar
year to serve as a bone-marrow donor.
- You may also
use up to 30 days of paid leave each calendar year to serve as an
- Leave for bone
marrow and organ donation is a separate category of leave that is
in addition to annual and sick leave.
- As a BPA employee you are entitled to time off at full pay for
certain types of active or inactive duty in the National Guard or
as a Reserve of the Armed Forces.
Asked Questions on Military Leave provides more detailed information.
- As a BPA employee you are
entitled to paid time off without charge to leave for service as a
juror or witness.
- As an employee, you are responsible for informing your
supervisor if you are excused from jury or witness service for 1
day or more or for a substantial part of a day.
- To avoid undue hardship, BPA may adjust the schedule of an employee
who works nights or weekends and is called to jury duty.