Exempt Employees

Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, all leaves will be administered by Brandeis' leave administration partner, The Standard. This means that there will be some changes to your time off and leave benefits, as well as the leave request, reporting and tracking process.

Here is a snapshot of what is changing in 2021:

Benefit in 2020 Change in 2021
Sick time No change in benefit
Paid time off No change in benefit
Short-term illness protection Short-term illness benefit will be replaced with a new salary-continuation benefit
Extended illness benefit Extended illness benefit will be replaced with a new salary-continuation benefit
N/A New bonding benefit (applies to birth parent, nonbirth parent, adoption and foster-care placement)
N/A New paid family leave benefit (effective July 1, 2021)

Paid family leave benefits to care for a family member with a serious health condition will become available on July 1, 2021.

Examples of What New Leave Plans Provide

The examples below show what the new leave plans provide for various life events. All benefits have a waiting period of seven calendar days. During this time, employees should use their sick time; if no sick time is available, they can use their personal or vacation time.

For Your Own Medical Leave

(Effective Jan. 1, 2021)

For 2021, a new salary-continuation plan will provide a percentage of your salary (after a one-week elimination period). After 27 weeks, if approved, long-term disability benefits will be provided to replace 60% of your salary, up to a maximum of $10,000 per month.

Time Period Type of Benefit Amount of Benefit
Week 1 Paid time off, if available 100% salary
Weeks 2-10 Salary continuation 100% salary
Weeks 11-20 Salary continuation 80% salary, no maximum
Weeks 21-26 Salary continuation 60% salary, no maximum
Weeks 27-plus Long-term disability, if approved 60% salary to $10,000 per month maximum

For Bonding With a New Child in Your Family

(Effective Jan. 1, 2021)

If You Are the Birth Parent

If you are the birth parent, you will receive 100% salary for 12 weeks. This is in addition to the benefit received under medical for birth recovery (typically six to eight weeks).

Type of Benefit Time Period Amount of Benefit
Paid medical leave Typically 6-8 weeks, depending on your benefits 100% salary
Paid bonding leave* 12 weeks following completion of paid medical leave 100% salary

* Bonding leave can be taken any time up to one year following birth or adoption.

If You Are Not the Birth Parent

If you are not the birth parent, you are still able to receive 100% salary for 12 weeks. If you are married to another Brandeis benefits-eligible employee, you do not have to split the 12-week bonding time.

Time Period Type of Benefit Amount of Benefit
Weeks 0-12 Paid family leave 100% salary

For Caring for a Sick Family Member

(Effective July 1, 2021)

All exempt employees are required to use sick time for week one. For weeks 2-12, salary continuation is provided by our private MAPFML plan, up to the MAPFML weekly maximum of $1084.31.

Because of the complexity of the Massachusetts average weekly wage calculation, exempt employees are unable to use sick time incrementally to reach their regular salary each week. As a result, Brandeis exempt employees may use accrued leave time in place of the private MAPFML plan benefit if they choose.

The amount of benefits you are eligible to receive for our private MAPFML plan is based on your own average weekly wage when you apply for leave. The maximum total amount that you can receive in MAPFML benefits right now is $1084.31 per week. See the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits calculator to estimate your weekly benefit should you choose to apply.

Time Period Type of Benefit Amount of Benefit
Week 1 Paid time off 100% salary
Weeks 2-12 Private MAPFML plan 80% salary, up to maximum $1084.31 per week