This leave is available to all Support, Administrative, Sponsored Research Staff, Other Academic, and Medical employees after 1 year of benefits-eligible service; this benefit may be later available to Service staff after negotiations with the unions.
The new Paid Parental Leave may be used in conjunction with the existing leave that MIT employees may take after the birth, adoption, or placement of a child. Female employees requesting a leave due to pregnancy or childbirth may be eligible for paid leave under MIT's sick leave policies. If eligible, MIT will grant 8 weeks of paid maternity under its sick and extended sick leave program for childbirth and recovery. MIT employees with at least 1 year of service are eligible for FMLA leave for childbirth or care of a new child. The Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act was amended to provide for 8 weeks of unpaid parental leave for fathers as well as mothers. This new Massachusetts Parental Leave Act (MPLA) is also in effect as of April 7, 2015. The MPLA applies to employees with more than 3 months of service.
Practically speaking, most MIT employees are already covered under the FMLA so the revised Mass. Parental Leave Act affects only a small subset of MIT employees: (1) individuals who have worked more than 3 months but less than 12 months; and (2) since the state law gives 8 weeks of unpaid leave per birth, parents of twins, triplets, etc. have a longer unpaid leave under the MPLA than under FMLA.
Leaves under the FMLA, MPLA, and MIT’s paid sick leave all run concurrently. If the MIT Paid Parental Leave is taken during the 8 week MPLA period or the 12 week FMLA period, it also runs concurrently with those legally protected leave periods.
For other parenting resources for MIT employees, visit the MIT Work-Life Center website.