Leaves of Absence

Below is general information from the BU Employee Handbook.  For further details on each type of leave, please refer to the appropriate document for your employment level.

Type

Reason

Length

Eligibility

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Employee’s own serious health condition or an employee’s spouse, son or daughter, or parent who has a serious health condition.  FMLA can also be used to care for the employee’s child after birth or placement for adoption or foster care Up to 12 weeks 1,250 hours of work and one (1) year of service
Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (MMLA) For the birth or adoption of a child to eligible female employees Up to eight (8) weeks Female employees who have completed three (3) months of continuous service
Small Necessities Leave Act (SNLA) To participate in school activities directly related to the educational advancement of the employee’s child (e.g., parent-teacher conference), accompanying a child of the employee or an elderly relative to routine medical or dental appointments or appointments for elder care services Up to twenty-four (24) hours Employees who have completed twelve (12) months of service
Leave of Absence – Medical Authorized absence from work without pay Consecutive period of time between eleven (11) workdays and three (3) calendar months After an employee has exhausted his or her Vacation Leave, Sick Leave, available Personal Days, and available Compensatory Time Off
Leave of Absence ­ Personal Authorized absence from work without pay Consecutive period of time between eleven (11) workdays and three (3) calendar months, which may be granted after an employee has exhausted his or her Vacation Leave, available Personal Days, and available Compensatory Time Off
Military Leave Authorized absence from work to fulfill military obligations in accordance with applicable federal and state laws Leave includes military reserve unit obligations of up to fifteen (15) calendar days in any one year