Time off and leaves of absence

What you need to know

Taking time off—away from your job—is vital to being at your best. We support this by offering ample time off for all kinds of situations.

PTO accrual

You accrue a maximum of 26 PTO days from 1 January through 31 December beginning on your hire date. During your probation period, you accrue vacation, and you may take what you’ve accrued.

How many days you are entitled to depends on the number of days you’ve worked in the previous year. This means PTO is calculated on a pro rata basis.

Here’s a breakdown of the legal and extra legal amount of PTO in Belgium:

  • Work 40+ hours – You are entitled to a maximum of 20 PTO days.
  • Extra legal amount of PTO (if you work at least 40 hours a week) = 6 days.

Keep in mind that if you don’t use your accrued PTO by 31 December, you will lose it. It doesn’t carry over to the following year.

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Request PTO

Before you submit a PTO request, check your balance in Workday (only accessible within the PayPal firewall) to ensure you have enough to meet your needs. If you’ve been at PayPal more than a year, make sure you don’t leave any unused PTO days, since PTO doesn’t carry over to the next year.

You’ll also need to talk with your manager about your plans and give as much notice as possible so that your job duties can be covered while you’re out. We encourage you to do that before booking airplane tickets or travel plans.

Use Workday (only accessible within the PayPal firewall) to submit your PTO request. Your manager will receive your PTO request and will approve or reject it. Your manager will consider business needs, relevant circumstances, and how many hours of PTO you have accrued.

Notify your manager as soon as possible if your plans change. Your manager will need to adjust any work coverage plans made for your PTO. Then correct your PTO request in Workday. Your manager will be notified of this correction.

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Illness during PTO

If you’re ill during your PTO, you may request to take the equivalent number of PTO days at another time. Your request must be in writing to your manager and accompanied by a medical certificate.

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Taking a leave

You must use any accrued PTO before taking an unpaid leave of absence.

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PTO payout if you leave PayPal

If you leave the company or your employment is terminated, you will be paid for any unused PTO. You may not extend your leave date with PTO after your last official day working in the office.

If you have taken excess PTO beyond what you’ve accrued, you will have this amount deducted from your final paycheque, or if your final paycheque is insufficient, you will have to repay PayPal for any PTO owed.

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Time credit

You can take time credit in accordance with Belgian law.

You are entitled to the following (subject to certain conditions):

  • A complete suspension of your employment contract for a maximum period of 1 year.
  • A 50% reduction in your work hours for a maximum period of 1 year.
  • A 20% reduction in your work hours for a maximum period of 5 years. 

The 1 year period for complete suspension or 50% reduction of work hours may be extended to 5 years by industry or company agreement.

If you are age 50 or older, you are entitled to 50% or 20% reduction in your working hours for an unlimited period of time until you start to withdraw your pension, subject to certain conditions.

During this leave, you may be entitled to a monthly allowance (a career interruption allowance), subject to certain conditions.

If you leave PayPal, you will not be paid out for any remaining PTO. You will receive a form stating the number of PTO days you have, and those will be carried over to your new employer.

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LOA policy

Visit the Bridge (only accessible within the PayPal firewall) for additional information and guidelines for taking a leave of absence (LOA).  A few things to keep in mind:

  • Discuss your leave plans with your manager so he/she can plan business needs accordingly.
  • Submit your LOA request in Workday (only accessible within the PayPal firewall). You will see the leaves available to you. Select the appropriate LOA.
  • To avoid delays, submit the appropriate documents in Workday along with your initial request.
  • Your LOA request will be sent to your manager and HR Hub.

Maternity leave

Parental leave

Paternity leave

Birth leave

Parental bonding leave

Sick leave

Bereavement leave

Other paid leaves

Provider contact information

Time away

HR Hub

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Leaves of absence


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