Whether you’re going on a well-deserved vacation, spending time with a new baby, or need to take a leave of absence because of a serious illness or military activation, Marathon Oil has time off and leave of absence policies in place to ensure you and your family are covered.

Paid Time Off Policies

Marathon Oil’s paid time off policies are designed to provide you with time off, with pay, to pursue personal interests and balance your work, family, and personal responsibilities. Whether you’re taking vacation with your family, nursing an illness, or celebrating the holidays with loved ones, Marathon Oil has you covered.


We encourage you to take regular vacations to rest, relax and recharge.

Regular Employees

Regular domestic full time employees become eligible for their full vacation entitlement on January 1 of each calendar year based on the amount of service that will be completed in that calendar year.

Normal Vacation Benefit Schedule
Starting With the Calendar Year in
Which an Employee Completes:
Annual Vacation Available on
January 1 Will Be:
1 year of service 3 weeks with pay
10 year of service 4 weeks with pay
20 year of service 5 weeks with pay
30 year of service 6 weeks with pay

New Hires

New hires become immediately vested in their new hire vacation benefit on their first day of employment and can be used any time (with Supervisor approval) during the calendar year they are hired.

'New Hire Vacation Proration Schedule
New Employee Hired Anytime
During the Month of:
New Hire Vacation Will Be:
January 100% of Vacation Allotment
February 100% of Vacation Allotment
March 100% of Vacation Allotment
April 90% of Vacation Allotment
May 80% of Vacation Allotment
June 70% of Vacation Allotment
July 60% of Vacation Allotment
August 50% of Vacation Allotment
September 40% of Vacation Allotment
October 30% of Vacation Allotment
November 20% of Vacation Allotment
December 10% of Vacation Allotment

The plan text can be viewed in its entirety here.

Sick Benefits

In conjunction with our Sick Leave Plan, Regular employees are entitled to take paid time off work due to non-occupational* illness or injury. The amount of sick benefits is dependent on the amount of service they accrue in that calendar year as shown below, and contingent upon employees meeting all requalification requirements. See below for total benefits an employee is eligible to receive in a year.

Sick Benefit Schedule
Accredited Service Full Sick Pay 60% Sick Pay
Less than 1 Year 1 week 2 weeks
1 Year 3 weeks 4 weeks
2 Years 4 weeks 8 weeks
3 Years 5 weeks 12 weeks
4 Years 6 weeks 16 weeks
5 Years 7 weeks 19 weeks
6 Years 8 weeks 18 weeks
7 Years 9 weeks 17 weeks
8 Years 10 weeks 16 weeks
9 Years 11 weeks 15 weeks
10 - 14 Years 14 weeks 12 weeks
15 - 19 Years 20 weeks 6 weeks
20 years and over 26 weeks 0 weeks

*Benefits due to Occupational illness and injuries differ from those above. The plan text can be viewed in its entirety here


Eligible employees are provided with the following 2018 paid holidays. See below for a list of holidays to be observed for the 2018 calendar year.

2018 Calendar Holiday To Be Observed for Year 2018
New Year’s Day Monday, January 1
Good Friday Friday, March 30
Memorial Day Monday, May 28
Independence Day Wednesday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 3
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 22
Friday After Thanksgiving Friday, November 23
Christmas Eve Monday, December 24
Christmas Day Tuesday, December 25

The 2018 plan text can be viewed in its entirety here

Flex Days

The purpose of Flex Days is to handle routine, foreseeable obligations such as doctor and dentist appointments, school visits and home or car repairs which typically requires employees to take time from work. This time is provided to eligible employees in addition to any other available time off.

Regular Flex Days

Regular Full-time employees scheduled to work 8 hours per day, 5 days per week are automatically eligible to receive one paid flex day off every two calendar months.

Traditional 9/80 Schedule

All non-exempt regular, full-time employees working in the Houston Tower are eligible for the Traditional 9/80 schedule. This schedule is based on two calendar-week blocks of 80 hours of work. Monday through Thursday of each week is a nine-hour workday, with one Friday an eight-hour workday and the other Friday off. Eligible employees have the option to choose one of the following work schedules:

9/80 Schedule A
Week 1 Mon-Thu 9 hours per day - Fri 8 hours
Week 2 Mon-Thu 9 hours per day - Fri Off
9/80 Schedule B
Week 1 Mon-Thu 9 hours per day - Fri Off
Week 2 Mon-Thu 9 hours per day - Fri 8 hours

Non-exempt Houston based employees who do not opt for the Traditional 9/80 Schedule will remain on the Monday through Friday, 40-hour workweek schedule and maintain the 6 Regular Flex Days.

Flex 9/80 Schedule

All exempt regular, full-time employees working in the Houston Tower are eligible for the Flex 9/80 schedule in lieu of the 6 Regular Flex days. Under the Flex 9/80 program, participating employees work 45 hours per week, 9 hours per day, 5 days per week and receive two paid monthly flex days off every month. In addition, employees on this schedule receive two additional annual flex days each calendar year. The maximum number of Flex Days (Monthly and Annual) provided under this schedule in any calendar year is 26.

Flex days can be taken in full or half day increments, with supervisor approval and are offered on a "use it or lose it" basis. Monthly flex days do not carry over from one month to the next and annual flex days do not carry over from one year to the next. Houston based employees can elect to change schedules upon hire and during an annual enrollment period.

What Types of Leaves Are Available?

We know that certain situations may require you to take an extended period of time away from work. Marathon Oil offers the following leaves to eligible employees:

  • Educational Leave
  • Family Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Personal Leave
  • Military Leave

Educational Leave

Whether you want to increase your proficiency in your current position or climb the corporate ladder by finishing your college degree, you may be eligible for an educational leave. Marathon Oil supports employees who wish to expand their horizons and further their education to enhance their careers.

Employees who qualify may receive up to one year of leave to complete undergraduate course work, and up to two years for graduate-level work, as long as the leave is consistent with the employee’s educational goal. An expected ending date must be set before the leave begins. Educational leave is unpaid.

Family Leave

Do you need to take extended time away from work to care for a newborn or adopted child or a seriously ill family member? Or do you need to take care of certain matters because a family member has been called to active duty or has suffered a serious injury or illness while serving on active duty? Family Leave is provided to allow employees to balance their work and family life by taking reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons.

Eligible employees are entitled to up to a total of 12 weeks of unpaid Family Leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) during any 12-month period (in the case of a family member who suffers a serious injury or illness while serving on active duty, the employee may take up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave).

Sick Leave

The Sick Leave Plan is designed for employees to take a leave due to their own illness or injury, (occupational or non-occupational) – from a short-term illness that lasts only a few days, to a long-term illness that requires hospital stay or additional treatment.

You may be granted a Sick Leave for the period of your non-occupational injury or illness, to a maximum of 26 weeks from the effective date of the leave. You may be granted a Sick Leave for an occupational injury or illness up to an additional 26 weeks (for a total of 52 weeks) from the effective date of the leave. Sick Leave may be extended if your illness or injury exceeds 26 weeks and you’re eligible for benefits under the LTD Plan or in certain other circumstances.

Your Sick Leave will count toward your 12 weeks of Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitlement if your illness or injury meets the FMLA definition of a serious health condition.

Personal Leave

Personal Leaves are provided to allow you to take extended, unpaid time off to take care of important personal matters not covered by the Sick Leave or Family Leave Plans. Reasons for Personal Leave vary and may include (but are not limited to) studying for a professional certification, performance of civic duty, assumption of office within a professional organization or personal family reasons not meeting the criteria for a Family Leave.

Personal Leaves must be at least 30 days, and may be granted for up to six months. Leaves expected to be longer than six months are subject to a re-approval at six-month intervals (with a maximum leave of 24 months total). Personal Leaves are normally a single consecutive period, and you must set an expected ending date before the leave begins. If possible, you should request Personal Leave at least 30 days in advance of the start date.

Military Leave

Marathon Oil proudly supports the men and women who serve our country and defend our freedom. The Military Leave Plan establishes consistent military leave treatment and allows eligible employees to fulfill military obligations required by law or administrative regulation.

Employees may receive Company base pay, offset by their government military pay, for a maximum of the first six months of active duty. No compensation is received after six months of leave.

How Do I Report A Leave Of Absence?

Marathon Oil has partnered with Matrix Absence Management to help manage the leave process for you. As soon as you become aware that you need a leave, you should notify your manager – at least 30 days in advance, if possible. Then contact Matrix to report your leave:

Click on a video below to help understand how to file your leave of absence claim:

What Information Will I Need When I Call Matrix?

At Marathon Oil, we have worked hard to ensure an easy process for eligible employees to take a leave of absence. When contacting Matrix to report your time away, please have the following information readily available:

  • Your name, address, contact telephone numbers and Social Security Number.
  • Start and end dates of your absence, if available.
  • Doctor’s information, including a fax number (if you’re reporting a Sick Leave).

What Is My Long-Term Disability Benefit?

If you’re unable to work for an extended period of time due to a disabling condition, whether caused by accident or illness, Marathon Oil provides you with a Long-Term Disability (LTD) benefit. The Company pays the full cost of this coverage.

Generally, the LTD Plan will pay you 60% of your monthly base pay (reduced by any other sources of disability or other income) – to a maximum of $12,000 per month – after you’ve been disabled for six months.

What Should I Do When I’m Expecting a Baby?

Are you thinking about having a baby, or maybe you or your spouse are already expecting? Congratulations! Expanding your family is an exciting experience – and we’re here to provide you with support and resources.

In preparation for your new bundle of joy:

  • You or your expectant spouse can enroll in the Maternity Support Program, which is part of your Marathon Oil Company Health Plan. It provides access to a dedicated nurse and support to expecting women before, during and after pregnancy. Call 1-888-266-4066 to enroll.
  • Contact Matrix Absence Management at 1-888-477-5110 or online at www.matrixeabsence.com at least 30 days prior to your due date.

Once the baby arrives:

  • Contact Matrix to confirm your leave dates.
  • Don’t forget to add the baby to your benefits within 31 days of birth.
  • Keep in mind that lactation rooms are available in each Marathon Oil location. Check with your local HR for more information.

Where Can I Find Out About Leaves After Having a Baby?

We want you to be able to spend time with your newest family member. That’s why we provide time off following birth or adoption as part of our Sick Leave and Family Leave Plans, which run concurrently with FMLA Leave.

Click here to learn more about the benefits available for expectant families, and what to do when expecting a baby.

Parental Benefits

Parental benefits are an enhancement to our Family Leave Plan and will provide eligible employees with paid time away from work following the birth or eligible adoption of a child. Employees designated as:

  • “Primary Caregivers” are eligible to receive eight weeks of paid time off
  • “Secondary Caregivers” are eligible to receive two weeks of paid time off