Taking time off from work is important for your overall well-being and productivity in both your professional and personal life. You may also find the need to take extended time away from work for health, family, or other reasons. We follow state and local laws for other leaves where applicable.

You may also find the need to take extended time away from work for health, family, or other reasons.

Belk offers a variety of benefits that allow you time to relax, recover, care for family members, honor personal commitments, and more.

For a list of holidays, see your HR contact.


Paid Time Off

Belk offers an integrated Paid-Time Off (PTO) program for all associates. Associates may use any days of accrued PTO for vacation and sick days.

The amount of PTO you receive is based on whether you are a part-time or full-time associate, as well as on your tenure and job classification (salaried or hourly).

Full-Time Accrual Schedule – Hours of PTO (Annual Accrual)

Years of Service Full-time Exempt Associates Full-time Corporate Non-Exempt Associates Full-time Store and DC/FC Non-Exempt Associates
Less than 5 years 160 hours
(6.1538 bi-weekly)
120 hours
(4.6154 bi-weekly)
112 hours
(4.3077 bi-weekly)
5 – 9 years 200
(7.6923 bi-weekly)
(6.1538 bi-weekly)
(5.8462 bi-weekly)
10+ years 240
(9.2308 bi-weekly)
(7.6923 bi-weekly)
192 hours
(7.3846 bi-weekly)

Part-Time Accrual Schedule (Annual Accrual)

  Part-Time Hourly Associates
With at least 20 average weekly hours
Less than 5 years10 hours
5 – 9 years20 hours
10+ years30 hours

All associates begin to accrue PTO on the first of the month following their hire date.

You can use your PTO program in 1.0 hour increments.

Holidays, jury duty, and bereavement leave are separate from the PTO program.

For complete information about PTO accrual rates and eligibility, review the Paid Time Off (PTO) Policy.


Family Leave

Sometimes you need to take extended time away from work to care for a new baby or family member or to recover from an illness. Through the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), you may be eligible to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave.

Qualifying situations include:
  • Your own serious health condition that makes you unable to perform the functions of your job (runs concurrently with Short-Term Disability [STD]).
  • A serious health condition of your child, spouse, or parent that requires you to care for that family member.
  • The placement of a child with you for adoption or foster care.
  • Intermittent bonding time with a newborn or newly placed adopted or foster care child is available. This time must be taken in increments of at least seven (7) consecutive days.
  • Covered military family leave.
Leave Eligibility

To be eligible for Family and Medical Leave:

  • You must have worked for the company for at least 12 months and at least 1,250 hours during the year preceding the start of the leave.

For more information, contact HR Shared Services Call Center or see the Belk Family and Medical Leave Act policy.


Parental Leave

As part of our ongoing efforts to support associates' well-being both at work and at home, Belk provides paid parental leave as outlined in the Parental Leave Policy.

All full-time (30 scheduled hours or more per week) associates who are welcoming the birth or adoption of a child are eligible.

Associates will receive 100% paid time off for the periods listed below:
  • Maternity: 9 weeks of healing time and 3 weeks of bonding time off
  • Paternity: 3 weeks of paid bonding time off
  • Adoption: 3 weeks of paid bonding time off

Company Leave

Belk provides an unpaid Leave of Absence from your work if you are unable to work due to a serious medical condition you or a family member is experiencing. Company Leave is generally taken up to 6 months. However, it can be extended beyond 6 months. Associates who are not covered by a disability plan or eligible under FMLA are eligible for Company Leave. Bonding time with a newborn or newly placed adopted or foster child under company leave may be up to 12 weeks. (This mirrors the entitlement provided under FMLA.)

See the Belk Company Leave policy for more information.


Military Leave

To support your service to your country, you may be eligible for an approved leave of absence consistent with the requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA).

See the Belk Military Leave policy for more information.


Unpaid Time Off

You may take unpaid time off, with manager approval, when time off is not covered by one of the other leave or paid time off policies. Associates may take up to 30 calendar days within a 12-month period. Unpaid time off is not a protected leave of absence.


Jury Duty

If you are called to jury duty or subpoenaed to serve as a witness, you can receive the paid time off needed to meet your civic obligations.