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Parental Leaves of Absence

If you need time off to spend with a new child, Tufts offers a number of leave options. Leave for benefits-eligible staff or faculty may be covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act.  

Who to Contact

  • If you are a staff member, contact Tufts' Leave of Absence Specialist to discuss the specific details of your leave.
  • If you are a member of the faculty, contact your school's faculty affairs officer.

Types of Leave

Below is an overview of Tufts' leave policies. You can find more detailed information about job-protected time away from work and how it may be paid in the Tufts University Employee Handbook. You may also want to review the Massachusetts Parental Leave Act.

Parental Leave

Tufts offers parental leave to eligible staff for the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child. You may take a leave of eight or twelve weeks, depending on how long you've worked at Tufts (see below). All paid leaves must start on the day of your child's birth, adoption or placement.

Staff with More than One Year of Service

Tufts offers up to 12 weeks of leave for eligible staff for the birth or adoption of a child and care of that child. To be eligible for this leave, you need to have completed at least one year of service before the first day of your parental leave. You may choose to apply available paid sick time to your parental leave. If you have exhausted your sick time, the university will continue to pay your salary for the rest of your leave. If you do use available sick time, you will be allowed to keep up to three sick days to use after you return to work.

Staff with Less than One Year of Service

If you have completed your 90-day trial period but have less than one year of service before the first day of your parental leave, you may take a leave of absence of up to eight weeks. The university will apply your accrued sick time to your first two weeks of leave. If your sick time is exhausted during these first two weeks of leave, the university will continue to pay your salary for the rest of the first two weeks. The remaining six weeks of leave are unpaid. Or you may choose to apply any available sick, vacation, or personal time. You will not be paid for any remaining leave not covered by sick, vacation, or personal time.

Both Parents Employed by Tufts

If both parents are employed by Tufts, you may take a combined parental leave totaling 8 or 12 leave weeks, depending on your length of university service as noted above. As with all parental leaves, both parents' leaves must start on the day of your child's birth or adoption.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The FMLA allows eligible staff to take up to 12 weeks of leave to care for a spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition.

To be eligible for this leave, you must have worked for Tufts for at least 12 months and at least 1,250 hours in the year before a requested leave, and must have worked at a worksite within 75 miles of a Tufts worksite that employs at least 50 employees.

Sick Time

Benefits-eligible employees can use up to 10-days' worth of their earned sick time each year to care for a child or bring the child to a medical or dental appointment.