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Time Off

A comprehensive benefits package with plan options for health care and retirement to take care of our employees today and tomorrow.

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Work schedules

A variety of work schedules are available that allow flexibility for workers and Laboratory programs.

The most popular work schedule is the "9/80"—employees work 80 hours over a nine-workday (two-week) period, with a Friday off every other week.

Talk to your manager about available options and how to select the option that is right for you.


The Lab recognizes the following paid holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day (and day after)
  • Christmas Day

Paid Time Off (PTO)

Full-time or part-time employees are eligible to accrue and use PTO. Casual employees are not eligible.

Accrual rates are based on years of service, and summarized in the following chart (based on a full-time schedule).

Years of Service Annual Accrual Rate Per Pay Period
Less than 5 years 200 hours 7.693 hours
5 or more years but less than 10 years 216 hours 8.308 hours
10 or more years but less than 15 years 232 hours 8.924 hours
15 years or more 256 hours 9.847 hours

Compassionate Care Leave

Full-time or part-time employees are eligible to receive additional paid leave hours specifically to care for an ill or injured family member and bereavement purposes.