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Time Off

We believe that work + life balance is critical to keeping you fresh, sharp, and healthy. Therefore, we encourage employees to utilize their provided Paid Time Off (PTO) time. X Studios is proud to offer PTO (includes both Vacation and Sick time) as part of our benefits package.

After a 90 day probationary period at the start of your employment with X Studios you will receive 3 weeks (8 hour days x 5 days a week = 120 hours) of paid time off that can be used as sick and/or vacation days.

Your PTO will refresh upon your yearly anniversary, and hours from the previous year will not rollover, so use them or lose them.

To request time off (sick or vacation) log into the X Studios HR application (“The Hub”) at https://xstu.io/hr or download the Bamboo HR app from the iOS/Android App Store.

Note

You can use BambooHR to calculate your time off, project a trip and remaining PTO balance, and submit your requests to Management through The Hub 24/7.

Holidays

We are proud to provide Paid Holiday Time for all employees, so they can spend time with friends and family. The following dates are recognized holidays that the X Studios observes, where the office will be ‘closed’ and employees will be paid:

  • New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31)
  • New Year’s Day (Jan. 1)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (First Monday in Sept.)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in Nov.)
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve (Dec. 24)
  • Christmas Day (Dec. 25)

If a recognized holiday falls on a Saturday, the Company may close on Friday for the observance of the holiday; likewise, if the holiday falls on a Sunday, it may be observed on the following Monday.

Based on business needs, some employees may be asked to work on one of the recognized holidays. If this happens, we will make every effort to notify you in advance:

  • Contractors: Will receive 1.5x bonus pay for working on any aformentioned company holiday.
  • Full-Time Employees: Who are asked to work on a holiday will have one (8 hour) PTO day added back to their PTO bank that can be used throughout the year.

Jury Duty Policy

The Company encourages its employees to engage in their civic duties through jury service. In the event that you are called to serve on a jury and it requires more than one day of jury service, the Company will require that you utilize vacation time, subject to the scheduling provisions above.

Bereavement Leave

In the unfortunate event of a family member’s passing, please notify a member of Management immediately; family comes first, and we will work directly with you to coordinate your absence and get you home as quickly as possible.

Full-time employees who suffer the death of a direct family member – who have extended past the ninety (90) day probationary period – will be granted up to three days (24 hours), or four days if out of state (32 hours), paid leave to attend the wake, funeral and/or to take time to spend with their family/friends/away from work (i.e. bereavement time).

At the discretion of the company, full-time employees may take up to one (1) 8-hour day off with pay to attend the funeral of a close, non-family member, or immediate pet.

The exact length of the paid leave is handled on a case-by-case basis depending upon the relationship, travel considerations, and on-going business needs.

Personal Leave of Absence

A full-time regular employee, who has completed at least one (1) year of service, may request a personal leave of absence without pay. Any personal leave of absence should be requested through a member of Leadership, and each occurrence, as well as duration of the leave, will be handled on a case- by-case basis. Generally, approvals are based on your needs, length of service, and Company demands. If the need for leave is foreseeable, please give us at least two (2) weeks’ notice. You may be required to provide supporting documentation before you are approved for a personal leave of absence. Upon your return to work, you may be required to submit verification of your eligibility to return to work from your medical provider, along with any job-related limitations you may have.

In the event that you are approved for a personal leave of absence, you will be required to use any accrued but unused vacation and sick time. You will also not be eligible for holiday pay.

Any employee who takes a leave of absence will be responsible for the employee-share premium payments of any insurance plans of which they are enrolled. The premium payment must be made for the full month of the absence, and must be paid no later than the first paycheck date of the month. If an employee does not receive wages during the leave of absence period, the employee will be required to make the premium payment directly to the Company. Failure to make a premium payment in a timely manner will result in a lapse in coverage. If an employee is on disability during the leave of absence period, the company may be required to report earned wages to the insurance company for compliance purposes.

X Studios reserves the right to deny any personal leave of absence request, except where the leave is protected by federal or state law.