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Q&A: Creating a "Paid Time Off" Policy

What legal and procedural issues do churches need to know before implementing a PTO program?

Our church is looking into the possibility of using a PTO (paid time off) policy to govern time away related to vacations, illnesses, conferences, and study leave. This would replace the policy we have, which allocates a certain number of days for each of these "time off" categories. Is there any precedent for use of PTO for paid church staff? It is fairly common in corporate America. Are there any legal or procedural issues we should consider in our review of this policy?

Yes, using paid time off (PTO) is a common practice used by ministries as well as businesses. The idea behind PTO is, rather than having so many days dedicated to specific time off (such as sick, vacation, personal time, funeral, or in some cases even holidays), the organization creates one big "bucket" of time that can be used for any time off needs. This approach gives the employee the responsibility ...

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  • October 7, 2009

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