Time Off

Wake Forest University offers:

Paid Time Off (PTO) and Holidays

PTO Amount

Exempt: Five weeks (25 days) if employed by the University less than five years; six weeks (30 days) if employed by the University five years or more, but less than 10 years; seven weeks (35 days) if employed by the University 10 or more years.

Non-exempt: Accrual based on the schedule in the Guidebook.

PTO Uses


Non-work related short-term injuries/illnesses of five days or less

Personal business

Family care

Other needs

Reynolda Campus Holidays

New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Day
Good Friday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Holiday
Winter Holiday

Requesting PTO

PTO is subject to departmental approval and is requested through the NOVAtime system. If you are paid biweekly, you will also use NOVAtime to record hours worked.

Parental Leave (Staff)

Six Weeks

Wake Forest University offers up to six weeks of base salary continuation to allow for the healthy recovery of the primary caregiver, bonding with the adopted child, and/or a period of family adjustment.


The leave may occur before (e.g., an absence for travel or a required class) or after the birth or adoption.

Faculty Leave

Complete the Faculty Parental/Adoption Leave Request form, and contact us with questions.

Requesting Parental Leave

  1. Provide written notice to your Department Head and Supervisor.
  2. Complete and send the Staff Parental/Adoption Leave Request form to your Supervisor and Human Resources: (Complete Part I and the Primary Caregiver Affidavit. Have the doctor complete Part II, if applicable.)
  3. Complete and send the Request for Family and Medical Leave to Human Resources.

Family and Medical Leave (FML)

12 Weeks

As an eligible faculty or staff member, you may take up to 12 weeks of FML for a variety of reasons related to serious health conditions and qualifying exigencies (for involvement in the Armed Forces or National Guard).

26 Weeks

You may take up to 26 weeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a covered service member, including a veteran, when you are the spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin of the covered service member.

Paid vs. Unpaid

Your individual situation will determine whether the leave is paid or unpaid, as well as the duration.

Requesting FML

  1. Provide written notice to your Department Head and Supervisor (at least 30 days notice if the leave is foreseeable by 30 days).
  2. Complete and send the following to Human Resources:
    – Request for Family and Medical Leave
    – Certification of Health Care Provider (if caring for yourself) OR
    – Certification of Health Care Provider for Family Members (if caring for a family member)
    (Complete Section II and provide the form to a medical provider to complete Section III.) 



Wake Forest University Human Resources
2598 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106  |  P.O. Box 7424
AskHR@wfu.edu   |  P (336) 758-4700 |  F (336) 758-6127

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