Before a Leave

Before a Leave

The steps below describe the process for employees to request a leave and prepare for an absence. Supervisors, Administrative Officers (AO) and Personnel Administrators (PA), please use the process for managers.

1. Request a leave

Notify your supervisor or AO/PA of current or pending absence via Employee Leave of Absence Request Form. Your supervisor, or AO/PA, will review and submit the leave request forms to the Disability Services and Medical Leaves Office.

2. Submit a certification

Medical certification information is private and confidential and should be submitted directly to the Leave Administrator in the Disability Services and Medical Leaves Office (617) 324-0082. 

3. Receive notification

You will receive a notice of approval, provisional approval, or denial via US mail within a few days after your department notifies the Disability Services and Medical Leaves Office.

4. Plan for benefits changes

If any portion of your leave is unpaid, please contact the Benefits Office to make arrangements to pay insurance premiums (617-253-6151; or email See a summary of benefits while on unpaid leave.