Paid Time Off (PTO)

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NWHSU offers a flexible PTO program that can be used for any planned or unplanned absence including vacation, personal illness, family needs, illness of a dependent child, personal business, additional holidays, appointments with health care providers, etc.

It is available to all regular full time and regular part time employees (budgeted for 20 or more hours a week). All PTO for regular part time employees is pro-rated.

Northwestern’s PTO Policy is available in the Employee Policy & Procedure Manual.

Accrual of PTO

PTO accrual begins immediately when an employee enters a benefits-eligible status, and may be used following the pay period in which it is earned, upon approval from the manager. Exempt employees receive accrual if they work any days during the pay period. Non-exempt employees accrue based on regular hours worked which includes (actual hours worked, PTO, short-term disability, holidays, jury duty, bereavement, longevity, regular pay other). Accrual is based on the following schedule:

Status/Length of Service

Total Annual PTO

Bi-weekly Accrual based on 80 hours

Hourly Accrual

Non-Exempt

0-2 years

17 days

5.23 hours

.065

3 years

19 days

5.85 hours

.073

4-7 years

22 days

6.77 hours

.085

8+ years

27 days

8.31 hours

.104

Exempt

0-3 years

22 days

6.77 hours

.085

4+ years

27 days

8.31 hours

.104

Faculty, Vice President’s, & President

0+ years

27 days

8.31 hours

.104

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