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By Lucinda Shen
March 7, 2016

Traditionally, sabbaticals are associated with university professors taking a year off to write a career-defining book. So it might be surprising to hear that some of the employers on Fortune’s 2016 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For also offer employees the opportunity for extended leave to explore their passions — and get paid for it.

The companies range from finance to retail stores, tech companies, and restaurants, and the sabbaticals range from being partly to fully-paid.

Companies say a sabbatical can be a major draw to sign on or to stay for the long-term. Here’s a look at the wide variety of sabbatical offerings among the best employers in the U.S.

 

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