What Is PPTO vs PTO?

U.S. companies are not obliged to give employees PTO or Paid Time Off, which they can use for vacation, sick days, or mental health days. On the other hand, PPTO, Paid Personal Time Off, or protected paid time off is required by law.

It is imperative for employers to understand the difference between PPTO Vs. PTO, and how they matter to their employees. Now, The United States is one of the few countries in the world that doesn’t offer mandatory vacation leave or paid time off. However, the majority of U.S. companies provide PTO as a benefit, where employees can take a leave off work and still get paid for it. They can use PTO however they can. 

But what is PPTO Vs. PTO? Is there a difference? While PTOs are not mandated, there is a law that requires companies to offer PPTO. The Family and Medical Leave Act provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid and job-protected leave for certain employees. Some companies offer them as PPTO, which employees can earn the same way they earn PTO—they earn bankable hours at the start of the year or the end of every month. 

Companies provide PPTO so employees can take personal time off when they have medical issues or have to take care of a sick loved one.

But while many companies offer PTO on a use-it-or-lose-it basis, employees may carry over unused PPTO hours to the next year. 

PPTO is offered on top of PTO so employees can use both to cover an extended leave for personal or medical reasons. And while employees can use PTO however they want, the requirements for PPTO are more stringent. Usually, you have to show proof that you have a medical situation or an ailing family member that you need to take care of. 

Since the law does not technically demand PTO or PPTO, employees must check their respective company policies.


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