Leaves of Absence

Faculty and staff may apply for leaves of absence covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and/or other state or federal statutes governing employee leaves of absence. Leaves of absence may be paid or unpaid depending upon the type of leave and the circumstances. A leave of absence may also affect an employee’s eligibility to participate in certain University benefit plans.

Staff Leaves of Absence Due to Medical Reasons 

An employee who requires time off from work due to their own serious health condition or to care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition may be eligible for a leave of absence.  For more information please see refer to the FMLA Staff Policy and/or contact the Benefits Section of the Office of Human Resources. 

To apply for a leave, please complete the Staff FMLA application and submit to Benefits.  The Benefits staff member will determine if the employee is eligible for a leave and which medical leave category applies (i.e. FMLA Leave, Massachusetts Maternity Leave, Medical Leave) and will provide the employee with the appropriate forms.  The employee's supervisor will be notified of eligibility and pay status of the leave once documentation has been received and approved. 

The leave may be paid, unpaid, or a combination, depending on the circumstances.  The Benefits staff will inform the employee of their pay status during an approved leave.  Paid sick leave benefits may include the use of accrued sick days, short-term illness benefit (exempt staff only), and the 60% extended illness benefit.  In addition, the employee may be able to apply accrued vacation and personal time.  Note, except for the 60% extended illness benefit, salary paid to the employee during the leave will continue to be charged to the employee's salary chartstring.

The Benefits staff will complete the Employee Change Form (ECF) to place the employee on leave and return the employee from leave once he/she has been cleared to return.

If an employee is injured while at work, please visit Worker’s Compensation for relevant information.

Staff Leaves of Absence - Other

If an employee requires a leave of absence due to personal, military or professional reasons, contact an HR Employment Specialist for more information about such leaves.

Faculty Leaves of Absence Due to Medical Reasons

The Benefits section of the Office of Human Resources coordinates with the appropriate Dean's Office when a faculty member requires a leave due to their own medical condition or to care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition.

To apply for a leave, please complete the Faculty Application and submit to Benefits. The Benefits section will provide the faculty member with the appropriate eligibility information as well as any necessary forms. The Employee Change Form (ECF) is completed by the Academic Budget and Planning Department (for faculty in Arts & Sciences and IBS) or Heller-SIHP Administration (for faculty in the Heller School).

Faculty Leaves of Absence - Other

Faculty members are eligible for leaves of absence for research or sabbatical as described in the Faculty Handbook. For additional information on Faculty Leaves of Absence, visit the Office of the Provost or contact the department/academic administrator or Dean’s Office.

The Employee Change Form (ECF) is used to notify Human Resources staff of such leaves.