Request a Leave

MIT is committed to supporting employees during times when they may need to be away from work due to a life event or medical emergency. 

Before requesting a leave, you may wish to review our overview of leaves, see policy details for illness and family leaves in the MIT Employment Policy Manual, or browse our FAQs. You should also know that Workpartners requires up to 72 hours (excluding weekends) to process leave paperwork. To avoid any delay in pay, it is critical to provide timely notice of your leave, as well as timely and complete medical documentation or other required materials. Learn more about timing considerations and the impact on your pay.

Request a Paid Leave

For most employees (see exceptions below), you may begin a paid leave request by calling Workpartners, our leave administration vendor.

For all new leaves and updates to existing leaves:

Call Workpartners at 1-833-852-2207

You'll be asked to provide your name, date of birth, and MIT ID number in order to begin a leave request. Workpartners will then provide the necessary forms via email or postal mail.

TTY users, please call 711 and provide the Workpartners telephone number above.


Employees who are a member of the following unions should not contact Workpartners:

  • Campus Police Association (CPA)
  • AFSCME Library Union
  • Research, Development, and Technical Employees' Union (RDTEU)

These employees may request a paid leave using this form.

Lincoln Laboratory employees should contact their Human Resources business partner for leave requests.

Medical Documentation

Employees are required to submit medical documentation for all leaves related to serious health conditions. Learn more about medical documentation requirements.

Request an Unpaid Leave

For personal leaves, review the Unpaid Leave policies in the MIT Employment Manual and discuss your proposed leave with your manager. Then use this form to request an unpaid leave.

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