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​Time-off/Leave Benefits at the Port of Seattle

The Port offers generous time-off benefits, including paid time-off, extended illness leave, and several paid holidays throughout the year. Time-off benefits for employees represented by a labor union varies depending on the specific terms of the applicable collective bargaining agreement. Collective bargaining agreements are available for viewing on the Port's Labor Relations webpage.

Non-represented employees receive 10 paid holidays, as follows:
Holiday​ ​Date
New Year's Day ​January 1
​Martin Luther King, Jr's Birthday Third Monday in January
President's Day Third Monday in February
​Memorial Day ​Last Monday in May
​Independence Day ​July 4
​Labor Day First Monday in September
​Thanksgiving Day Fourth Thursday in November
​Day after Thanksgiving Fourth Friday in November
Port-designated Holiday Day before or after Christmas
​Christmas Day ​December 25
Paid Time-Off
Paid time off (PTO) is personal time that may be used for vacation, appointment time, and for other personal reasons. New employees may use PTO only after completing their six-month probation period.

​Years of Service ​Hours Accrued per Pay Period Max # of Days per Year​
​1-3 5.65​ ​19.6
​4-7 ​7.10 ​24.6
​8-11 ​7.82 ​27.1
​12+ ​8.54 ​29.6
Extended Illness
Employees earn six days of Extended Illness (EI) each year, at a rate of 1.73 hours per pay period. Employees must use fifteen (15) hours of Paid Time Off (PTO) in a three-day period before using EI for their own illness. However, EI can be used immediately for preventive care appointments (annual medical, dental, vision and cancer screening appointments). Employees may take their choice of EI or PTO to care for a seriously ill family member.
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Washington State Family Care Act (FCA)
The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives eligible employees the right to take job-protected leave for a period of up to 12 work weeks in a 12-month period with benefit coverage for specified personal and family medical reasons, and for bonding time with new children. Similarly The Washington State Family Care Act (FCA) entitles eligible employees to take job-protected leave to care for specified family and medical reasons. FCA leave is equal to the amount of paid leave you have accrued.