Personal Leave of Absence Policy
Authors: Melissa Burdorf and Tracy Morley, XpertHR Legal Editors
When to Use
A personal leave of absence is typically a short-term absence for reasons other than illness (unless the employee is not covered under the FMLA), such as family obligations, running important errands or school emergencies. A personal day may also be used for rest and relaxation to offset a particularly stressful period in the employee's home life or work life. Some employees use personal days to observe religious holidays not covered on the company holiday calendar.
While federal law does not require that employers provide paid or unpaid personal days, many employers choose to provide this benefit. If an employer provides for personal leave it should publish a written policy and ensure employees receive and acknowledge the policy.