Leaves of Absence

Below is general information from the Boston University Employee Handbook. For further details, please refer to the appropriate document.

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 Parental Leave Act (MPLA) For the birth or adoption of a child to eligible employees Up to eight (8) weeks 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 (own medical condition) Authorized absence from work for medical reasons Consecutive period of time between eleven (11) workdays and three (3) calendar months An employee must exhaust his or her Vacation Leave, Sick Leave, available Personal Days, and available Compensatory Time Off before going unpaid.
Leave of Absence (Personal) Authorized absence from work for personal reasons An employee must exhaust his or her Vacation Leave, available Personal Days, and available Compensatory Time Off before going unpaid.
Military Leave Authorized absence from work to fulfill military obligations in accordance with applicable federal and state laws Maximum duration is defined for a particular military leave under USERRA or state laws An employee is entitled to receive the difference between their regular pay and the amount of military pay received from the government (exclusive of travel pay) for a maximum of eleven (11) workdays in a calendar year.