Time Off

 

Rest, relaxation, and stress reduction are very important for your well-being and health. This can be accomplished through daily activities, such as exercise and meditation, but time away from work is also an important part.

You may be away from work for a variety of reasons — from vacation to military service. For AAA employees, Paid and Unpaid Time Off includes:

 

  • Holidays, Vacation, and Paid Time Off (PTO).
  • Leaves of Absence, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
  • Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Military Leave and more.
Roanoke Rapids Employees

Each year, eligible employees accrue Paid Time Off hours as follows:

YEARS OF SERVICEACCRUED TIME OFF
0-4 years176 hours
5-9 year208 hours
10-14 years216 hours
15+ years240 hours

Please refer to your Employee Handbook for eligibility, payment and usage guidelines.

Car Care Employees

Each year, eligible employees accrue vacation and PTO hours as follows:

YEARS OF SERVICEVACATION ACCRUAL
6-12 months40 hours
1-4 years80 hours
5-9 years96 hours
10-14 years112 hours
15-19 years128 hours
20-24 years144 hours
25+ years160 hours

PTO Accrual

Benefits-eligible employees may accrue 3.33 hours per month up to 40 hours per year.  PTO may be used as of your most recent date of benefits eligibility and after three months of employment.

Please refer to your Employee Handbook for eligibility, payment and usage guidelines.

TowMark Employees

Each year, eligible employees accrue vacation and PTO hours as follows:

YEARS OF SERVICEVACATION ACCRUAL
6-12 months40 hours
1-4 years80 hours
5-9 years96 hours
10-14 years112 hours
15-19 years128 hours
20-24 years144 hours
25+ years160 hours

PTO Accrual

Benefits-eligible employees may accrue 3.33 hours per month up to 40 hours per year.  PTO may be used as of your most recent date of benefits eligibility and after three months of employment.

Please refer to your Employee Handbook for eligibility, payment and usage guidelines.

Support, Travel, or Insurance Employees

Each year, eligible employees accrue vacation and PTO hours as follows:

YEARS OF SERVICEVACATION ACCRUAL
6-12 months40 hours
1-4 years80 hours
5-9 years96 hours
10-14 years112 hours
15-19 years128 hours
20-24 years144 hours
25+ years160 hours

PTO Accrual

Benefits-eligible employees may accrue 8 hours per month up to 96 hours per year.  PTO may be used as of your most recent date of benefits eligibility and after three months of employment.

Please refer to your Employee Handbook for eligibility, payment and usage guidelines.

Holidays

AAA Carolinas has six official paid holidays for benefits-eligible employees. The recognized holidays are:

New Year’s Day

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day

Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Day

Please refer to your Employee Handbook for eligibility, payment and usage guidelines.

Leaves of Absence

There are times when you may need to be away from your job for an extended period of time because of illness, family obligations or other reasons. AAA Carolinas has a wide range of leaves of absence designed to address your needs for time away from work. The types of leave available include:

Bereavement Leave

Employees may receive paid time off from work for the death of a spouse, mother, father, brother, sister, child, grandparent, grandchild, mother or father-in-law, step-parent, step-children, and step-siblings.

Please refer to your Employee Handbook for eligibility, payment and usage guidelines.

Jury Duty

AAA Carolinas grants time off to employees who are called for jury duty to meet their civic obligations.

Please refer to your Employee Handbook for eligibility, payment and usage guidelines.

Family and Medical Leave of Absence (FMLA)

Employees who have worked for AAA Carolinas for at least 12 months and 1,250 hours may be eligible for up to 12 weeks of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). FMLA leaves may be taken for the following reasons:

To care for the employee’s child after birth or placement for adoption or foster care;

To care for the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent with a serious health condition;

To take medical leave when the employee is unable to work because of a serious health condition; or

To take leave for qualifying exigencies arising out of the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent being on active duty or called to active duty status as a member of the National Guard or Reserves in support of a contingency operation.

Apply for Leave 

Short-Term Disability (STD)

AAA Carolinas provides income replacement for eligible employees who have a non-work related illness or injury that makes them unable to work for more than 7 work days. STD is designed to allow you to focus on your recuperation. There is not any cost to employees* for the Short Term Disability program.

Short Term Disability (STD) pays 60% of your regular weekly salary (maximum of $500/week) after a 7-day waiting period, for up to 13 weeks. STD is administered by an insurance company, which makes payment directly to you.

You must use all your accrued vacation and/or PTO benefits before STD benefits begin or to satisfy the 7-day waiting period whichever is longer.

Pregnancy is a covered event. STD provides benefits for the balance of 6 weeks for a regular delivery from the date of birth; the balance of 8 weeks are provided for a C-section delivery from the date of birth.

STD runs concurrent to a leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

*Please note: Employees of our Car Care and TowMark divisions are required to purchase this coverage.

Apply for STD 

Long-Term Disability (LTD)

When you suffer an illness, injury or disabling condition that prevents you from working for more than 13 weeks, AAA Carolinas offers Long-Term Disability Insurance (LTD) to provide supplemental income to allow you to focus on your recovery. LTD picks up where Short Term Disability leaves off, providing you with continuity in your income replacement.

LTD provides 50% of your regular monthly salary (maximum benefit $3,000/month) that you received before you became disabled. You can choose an optional buy-up plan**. LTD is administered by an insurance company, which makes payments directly to you.

*Please note: Employees of our Car Care and TowMark divisions are required to purchase this coverage.

** Optional buy-up coverage provides an additional 10% of coverage and increases your monthly benefit to a maximum of $7,500/month.

Personal Leave of Absence

We understand that sometimes life events happen outside of an employee’s control before they are eligible for FMLA, or after they have exhausted their FMLA time. If an employee has an urgent personal problem or a family emergency, they must immediately contact their manager AND Human Resources. Such requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Human Resources. Several factors will be considered, including, but not limited to, the reason for the leave, current business conditions, and the employee’s work record. Personal leaves must have prior approval from Human Resources and the employee’s manager.

Apply for Personal Leave 

Military Reserve Training or Active Military Service Leave

Employees who are inducted into the U.S. Armed Forces or who are reserve members of the U.S. Armed Forces or state militia groups will be granted leaves of absence for military service, training or other obligations in compliance with the state and federal laws. Employees may use accrued time-off but are not required to do so.

At the conclusion of the leave, employees generally have the right to return to the same position held prior to the leave or to positions with equivalent seniority, pay, and benefits.

Employees are requested to notify their supervisors as soon as they are aware of the military obligation. They will also be required to provide copies of the military order or appropriate notification forms.

Parental Involvement in School Activities

Any employee who is a parent, guardian, or standing in loco parentis of a school-aged child may take up to four hours of unpaid leave per year to attend or be involved at that child’s school.

Please refer to your Employee Handbook for eligibility, payment and usage guidelines.

Workers’ Compensation (WC)

Workers’ Compensation is provided and designed to protect you if you have a job-related injury or illness that occurs as a result of performing your job. If you are injured or become ill, you may be able to receive a portion of your pay, certain types of rehabilitation and reimbursement for medical expenses.

How to Apply for Workers’ Compensation

Impact on your Benefits during a Leave of Absence

Your benefits may be impacted should you need to take a leave of absence. Obtain additional information. (link to directions, letters, credit card form, etc)