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Time Off: Other Leaves

There may be times when you need to take time off to take care of personal matters, but may prefer not to use your Paid Time Off bank. When these types of situations arise, your Total Rewards package offers a unique range of valuable Time Off benefits to help you balance your life and your work. Other Leaves are available for such things as adoption, funerals, civil service, community and education support, holidays, and bonding with newborns. These programs are in addition to Paid Time Off and Short Term Disability.

General Information

There are several types of leaves available to you. The important thing to understand about these types of leaves is they are not guaranteed — they are subject to management approval. Several factors are taken into consideration when granting these leaves, such as an employee's job performance, the number of prior leaves granted and your department's workload.

These leaves provide you with time off for certain circumstances without requiring you to use your Paid Time Off bank. The length of a leave varies, depending on the type of leave permitted. State Farm offers its employees several leaves, including:

Adoption Policy

The Adoption Policy offers financial assistance and paid time away from work to full-time and part-time benefits-eligible employees who adopt children. The policy provides up to four weeks of paid time off for bonding with an adopted child or for activities involved in the placement of the child in the employee's home for the purpose of adoption. Activities considered include travel time required to bring the child home and applies to both domestic and international adoptions. Each employee is eligible to be reimbursed up to a maximum amount of $5,000 per adopted child. If both parents are State Farm employees, the Adoption Policy may be used by both employees. The leave must be taken within 12 months of the child being placed in the home.:

Bereavement Leave

Bereavement Leave provides employees paid time away from work to make arrangements, travel, attend services and grieve the death of an immediate family member, relative or close friend. The recommended time off varies based on multiple factors, including relationship of the deceased to the employee.

Civil Service Leave

Civil Service Leave provides employees paid time away from work to perform government obligation responsibilities. Time may be granted for such things as serving as a judge or clerk at an election, serving as a member of a jury, or serving as a witness.:

Community Service/Education Support Day

Community Service and Education Support (CS/ES) provides employees paid time away from work to assist in schools and communities. Full-time employees may use up to eight hours per year and part-time benefit eligible employees may use up to four hours per year. The Community Service/Education Support Policy encourages employees to get involved. Our Company supports employees spending time during business hours to volunteer around the community and in schools. Employee participation in this program is voluntary.

Holiday Policy

Although we don't all celebrate them the same way, State Farm recognizes seven national holidays. These include New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Parental Leave

Full-time and part-time benefits-eligible employees are eligible for paid time off for Parental Leave. Parental Leave provides paid time off following the birth of a newborn baby. Employees may use up to one week of standard hours of paid leave, which can be taken intermittently. Time off must be taken within one year of the baby's birth.

Personal Leave

Personal Leave provides benefits-eligible employees an unpaid leave for extenuating personal reasons. Employees can request a Personal Leave when Paid Time Off (PTO) has been exhausted and the time away is not covered by other leaves. Personal leaves are at management's discretion and may be granted on the basis of the employee's proposed use of the time, employee's past performance, the workload in the unit, and the availability of employees to fill in during the leave.


This brief overview of State Farm's Time Off benefits is not intended to be a complete explanation of plan features. For more detailed information, please refer to the online Human Resources Policy Manual for U.S. employees.