Leaves of Absence

We understand you may need time off work for certain life events like:

  • Your own or your family member’s medical condition;
  • The birth of a child;
  • A call to active duty in the military;
  • Or pursuing a lifetime adventure.

If you need to take time off for more than five days, you must call REI Health Guide at 1-800-451-2967 to begin and update your leave.

The REI Health Guide will help you through the process required to approve your leave and disability benefits. In addition, they can provide information about the federal, state and REI time-off options and the pay and benefits available to support you.

All leaves of absence must be initiated and updated through

REI Health Guide at 1-800-451-2967 (select Leaves & Disability).

Leaves of Absence Tool

The Leaves of Absence Tool will help you plan and understand the time off, job protection, pay benefits and timekeeping instructions that apply to your life event.

More Information

  • Review the Taking a Leave of Absence Checklist to know what to do before you take a leave, during your leave and when returning to work.
  • For REI leave policy information, go to Living Our Values (Employee Handbook): Snaplink > Tools > Human Resources > Employee Handbook > Leaves of Absence.
  • For more detailed policy information on Short Term and Long Term Disability pay benefits (STD & LTD), and REI medical plan coverage while on a leave, go to our Summary Plan Description (SPD).
  • For additional support, contact the Employee Service Center at 1-800-999-4734, ext. 4747 (Mon. to Fri., 8 am4:30 pm PT), or at hrhr@rei.com.