We get it: you need flexibility to balance work and the rest of your life, especially your commitments to caring for others. Through New Ways of Working, you can take care of what — and who — matters most.
Through Care@Work, Schneider Electric offers 5 days per year of Company-subsidized emergency back-up child care, adult/elder care or pet care for when full-time care is not available (e.g., when school/daycare is closed, your nanny or pet sitter is on vacation, etc.). Plus, you also receive a free care.com premium membership.
When you need back-up care, you pay only $5 per hour copayment for in-home care (either a care.com sitter or your own network) or $10 per day copayment per child for care in a Care@Work center. Pet care is a $10 per day copayment.
- Access centers or in-home providers that are either care.com employees or from fully vetted partner agencies.
- Use your own personal network (such as a neighbor, family member, friend).
A care.com membership allows you to:
- Browse the large network of local caregivers or providers.
- Post a job describing your needs for housekeeping, pet sitting or child care.
- Set up interviews, access background check options and pay through care.com.
- Access tools, articles, blogs, calculators to help make more informed hiring decisions.
Schneider Electric offers support for your home office needs:
- A home office furniture package if you work from home at least 3 days a week, with your manager’s approval. This one-time package includes an ergonomically correct desk, chair and monitor arm, as well as ergonomic training and assessment for correct home office setup.
- Home office equipment for items like a keyboard, mouse, monitor or docking station. You can request the remote office kit package or individual items through support@Schneider.
Schneider Electric supports you at every stage of your life. Sometimes you need additional time off to focus on an important life event or take a long awaited, extended vacation. Whatever the reason, the PTO Purchase Program provides you with the added flexibility to take a few extra days off.
Each year during Annual Enrollment, you can elect to purchase additional paid time off (PTO) to use over the next calendar year:
- If you’re normally eligible for 5 or 6 weeks of PTO, you can purchase 3 or 5 days.*
- If you’re normally eligible for 3 or 4 weeks of PTO, you can purchase 3, 5 or 10 days.*
How it works
- You pay for purchased PTO through pre-tax payroll deduction or allocated Benefit Bucks over the next calendar year at your current rate of pay.
- All regular, accrued PTO (Company-paid PTO), including any carryover, must be used before using purchased PTO.
- Purchased PTO cannot be carried over to the next year.
- You must submit your request for purchased PTO by December 1. If you do not submit your purchased PTO request by December 1 and/or use your purchased PTO by December 31 (including PTO purchased from allocated Benefits Bucks), you will be refunded for your purchased PTO on your final paycheck in December.
- If your employment ends, any unused, purchased PTO will be paid out on your final paycheck.
NOTE: Purchased PTO cannot be elected when a life event occurs or as a new hire.
IMPORTANT: Because of the order in which PTO days must be taken, the PTO Purchase Program may not be a good option for employees who regularly carry-over PTO balances into the next calendar year.
* These will be noted as hours when purchasing in BenefitsLink. One day of purchased PTO equals 8 hours, regardless of the number of hours you are normally scheduled to work in a day.
The Recharge Break Program gives you flexibility to support your unique work and life. With Recharge Break, you can take from 6 to 12 weeks of paid time away from work to use when and how it works best for you.
Think of it as a way to save for a future paid leave of absence:
- You can elect to pay for 1 or 2 Recharge Break Weeks during Annual Enrollment each fall.
- When you have enough time banked and have held your bank for at least 3 years, you can take time away from work to help you balance your life when it best works for you.
Company-provided Recharge Days
When you take your Recharge Break, Schneider Electric covers the cost of some of those Recharge Days depending on how long you’ve worked for the Company:
|If you have less than 5 years of service||If you have 5 or more years of service|
|If you elect…||1 week||2 weeks||1 week||2 weeks|
|Company-provided Recharge Days||1 day||2 days||2 days||4 days|
|Recharge Days you pay for||4 days||8 days||3 days||6 days|
Using your Recharge Break.
Here’s what you need to know:
- You need to request a planned break at least 90 days ahead of your break whenever possible (but not less than 45 days) through a ticket at support@Schneider. Make sure you discuss your request with your manager before submitting your request.
- The number of Company-provided Recharge Days you receive will be determined by your years of service on your anniversary date in the next calendar year following Annual Enrollment.
- You’ll receive the Company-provided Recharge Days when you actually take your Recharge Break.
- Each elected Recharge Day is equivalent to 8 hours and is withheld from your wages on a pre-tax basis. If your rate of pay increases (or decreases) during the year, your payroll deductions will be adjusted accordingly.
- If you don’t have 6 weeks banked, you can combine up to 2 weeks of PTO with Recharge Days to get to the 6 weeks.
- If after 6 years you’ve accumulated 12 weeks, you can add up to 2 weeks of PTO for a 14-week maximum.
- If you use only a portion of the time you’ve banked for your Recharge Break, you can apply your unused time to a future Recharge Break.
- You need to wait 3 calendar years between Recharge Breaks.
If you don’t take your Recharge Break:
- You’ll forfeit any unused Company-provided Recharge Days.
- After 7 years, you’ll receive a refund of only your first-year contribution.
- After 8 years, you’ll receive a refund of your second-year contribution, and so on…
- If you leave the Company, you will be refunded only the money you contributed.
NOTE: If you experience a financial hardship, you may request to stop participating and receive a refund of the Recharge Days you purchased (subject to Recharge Break Program rules).
Another New Way of Working is the Voluntary Part-Time Program,* designed to give you flexibility at work. You’ll have two opportunities to enroll:
- During Annual Enrollment for:
- 20, 24 or 32 hours per week
- 6 months (January – June) or 12 months (January – December)
- During Q2 for:
- 20, 24 or 32 hours per week
- 3 months (June – August) or 6 months (June – December)
Learn how Melissa Chapel uses the Voluntary Part-Time Program. Learn more at Rewards@Schneider.
To enroll, make your request via support@Schneider. Your manager must approve your request. You’ll find out if your request is approved through updates to your support@Schneider ticket.
* Not available to manufacturing hourly employees.