If you have decided (or are deciding) to become a parent, you may be wondering how MIT can support you along the way.
With an endless amount of information to consider and choices to make, it’s hard to know which path will best meet your family’s unique situation and needs.
If you are an expectant or new parent and are benefits-eligible at MIT, this information is intended to explain the options available to help you balance the responsibilities of being a new parent with those of your job—including the ins and outs of family leave benefits. As you embark on this exciting journey, we want to take away some of the guesswork, so that you can begin to focus on what matters most: caring for and bonding with your child.
To access the information that is most pertinent to you, choose the option that best describes your particular situation:
Important action steps for new parents
Get a downloadable, printable timeline of the key steps that new parents need to take when planning and taking maternity and/or parental leave.
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 MIT Employment Manual Sec. 4.5)
- Up to 8 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave under the Massachusetts Parental Leave Act (see MIT Employment 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.
Note: There is also a Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act, which will provide eligible Massachusetts employees with certain paid medical and family leaves starting in 2021. MIT's leave policies are typically more generous than what is required under this law. When it goes into effect, MIT will provide at least the state-mandated leave benefits if it is not doing so already.
Please review the FAQs for New Parents or contact the MIT Disabilities Services and Medical Leaves Office.