Amended date: 01/01/2021
The University recognizes the need for work/life balance, and as such, provides a comprehensive paid time off accrual program for all employees who meet benefit eligibility. These banked accruals can be used throughout the year, for a variety of reasons. Sick, vacation or personal time off may be used to pay for time away from work to participate in university-sponsored health initiatives, as outlined below.
Use of Paid Sick Leave for Wellness Activities (“Well Time”)
To help employees participate in the university's wellness initiatives, benefits-eligible employees may use up to eight (8) hours of available sick time per calendar year to participate in approved wellness activities ("Well Time"). Well Time hours are pro-rated for part-time employees. The use of Well-Time should be scheduled in advance, working with the employee's manager whenever possible, and should not result in overtime for other staff.
For the purpose of this policy, a wellness activity is defined as participation in a university-sponsored health history risk assessment or comprehensive health review, wellness plan development with a university-approved health coach or participation in a Tufts University sponsored wellness activity.
Eligibility to Use Well Time
Employees may use Well Time after completion of their trial period. Employees requesting Well Time are expected to coordinate with their manager or supervisor to ensure business needs are met and any impact to the department is minimized. Well Time provided for wellness activities does not reduce the overall workload or duties of the employee. Typically, to participate in wellness related activities, employees need to take approximately 60-75 minutes of Well Time away from their assigned work unless coordinated with employee breaks or before or after their work schedule.
Staff: any benefits-eligible employee who has standard hours of 17.5 hours/week or more and is not otherwise covered by a collective bargaining agreement. Postdoctoral scholars’ hiring practices are outlined in the postdoc handbook. Faculty should refer to the faculty handbook of their primary school affiliation for guidance.
Related Links and Resources:
Postdoctoral Scholars’ Handbook: https://viceprovost.tufts.edu/postdoc/handbook/
This Well Time Statement is part of the HR Employee Policies and Procedures that can be found at here.
Disclaimer: Changes to this policy and the handbook in which it is maintained may be made at any time, at the sole discretion of the University and is not a contract. Employment by the University is at will and either the employee or the University may end the employment relationship at any time.