10 Paid Time Off Policies From Top Remote Companies

  • Oct 6, 2021
  • 3 min read

When choosing how many days off people can take in your remote company, it’s hard to make a good decision since many factors are involved.

Our recommendation from Planleave is to use an existing policy from other great remote companies that you can later adjust to your needs. In this article, we’ll share our ten favorite remote companies' vacation policies so that you can use them in your own company.


1Password Logo

This company, known for his great tool to manage passwords offer a flexible vacation and time off including additional personal and sick days. As of early 2020, they provided 15 paid days off per year and unlimited unpaid days.


Automattic Logo

Automattic is the company behind WordPress, a blog engine that dominates the market and so many companies use for their blogs and websites.

They have 1800 employees as of late 2021 and offer an open vacation policy (no set number of days per year). There is no minimum or maximum, but they encourage employees to take at least 25 days of time off per year.

On top of that, they have a generous parental leave policy (including maternity, paternity, LGBTQ+, and adoption for all parents). If the employee has been at the company for 12 months, their leave of up to 6 months is fully paid.


Zapier Logo

This company has a great product to link together different services so that they work in collaboration. Very similar to what IFTTT offers if you’ve heard of them.

They have 250+ employees as of late 2021 and have an unlimited vacation policy and 14 weeks paid leave for new parents.


Basecamp Logo

This company is responsible for the project management tool with the same name and an email service called Hey. They’ve been in business for over 22 years now and remote since the very beginning.

Nowadays, Basecamp offers 18 days of paid time off plus ten national holidays every year for each employee. In addition to that, employees are encouraged to take a 30-day paid sabbatical every three years.


Buffer Logo

Buffer has over 85 employees and offers excellent social media tools for small businesses and individuals.

They have a minimum vacation policy, encouraging team members to take a minimum of 3 weeks (15 workdays) of time off throughout the year. There’s no maximum time-off recommendation, though there may be more conversation with the employee’s lead for unique situations in which they might want to take, say, 6–8 weeks off.

The minimum time off of 3 weeks per year is in addition to public and religious holidays that the employee observes.


Doist Logo

If you use to-do apps, you probably know Doist. They offer a great tool to track your to-dos, and everything is synced in the cloud.

Doist has 100+ employees and offers eight weeks (40 days) of PTO per year to use on vacations and national holidays. On top of that, new parents receive five weeks of paid parental leave in addition to 13 weeks of paid pregnancy-related medical leave.


Gitlab Logo

Gitlab is a great remote company that offers a Git-based tool for developers to manage and version their code projects. They have almost 1500 employees, and all work remotely.

They have a no ask, must tell time off policy, which means that employees can take time off when needed and only need to inform the company unless the leave is longer than 25 consecutive days.


Invision Logo

Invision has one of the best design tools for the web, and all their employees work remotely, although most of them are in the US.

They have a flexible (unlimited) paid-time-off policy that accommodates employees' needs and paid parental leave.


StackOverflow Logo

If you want to learn more about programming and have a question, you will likely find the answer on StackOverflow. They have a giant site with thousands of programming questions.

StackOverflow offers 20 days paid vacation and generous parental leave (16 weeks at 100% pay), family care leave, and paid sick days.


HelpScout Logo

HelpScout is a great support tool for businesses that help them manage their email inboxes in a custom and great designed app.

They have 135 employees as of late 2021 and their time off policy is recommending four weeks, but it’s flexible. New parents get twelve weeks to welcome a new family member.

As an extra benefit, when employees stay for four years or more they can take a paid sabbatical for one month.

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What’s your time off policy? Was it hard to craft it? Let us know on Twitter (@planleave), we’re excited to hear from you.