Beginning July 1, 2018, MIT enhanced its Paid Parental Leave policy to provide eligible new parents with up to 20 days of paid leave, which must be taken within 6 months following the birth, adoption, or placement of a child.

Understanding Paid Leave and FMLA/MPLA

Understanding Paid Leave and FMLA/MPLA

This information will help you compare MIT Paid Leave for New Parents with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Massachusetts Parental Leave Act (MPLA).

In addition to MIT Maternity Leave and MIT Paid Parental Leave, birth mothers and new parents who did not give birth may also be eligible for:

  • Up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave under the federal Family Medical Leave Act (see Employment Policy Manual Sec. 4.5)
  • Up to 8 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave under the Massachusetts Parental Leave Act (see Employment Policy Manual Sec. 4.6.2)

The birth mother’s 8 weeks of MIT Maternity Leave always run concurrently with both the 12 weeks of Family Medical Leave and the 8 weeks of Massachusetts Parental Leave.

The 20 days of MIT Paid Parental Leave count toward any remaining leave under the Family Medical Leave Act and the Massachusetts Parental Leave Act. Because new parents may take their Paid Parental Leave at any time in the 6 months following the birth, adoption, or placement of a child, they may use their Paid Parental Leave after exhausting their 12 weeks of Family Medical Leave and 8 weeks of Massachusetts Parental Leave.

Have Questions?

Please review the FAQs for New Parents.

Contact the MIT Disabilities Services and Medical Leaves Office at 617.253.4572 or hr-dsmlo@mit.edu if you have additional questions.