Time Off

Please refer to Section 8 of the Employee Handbook for more detailed information regarding Absences.
Family Medical Leave

Family and Medical leave ("FML") is job-protected, unpaid leave available to eligible employees.  In accordance with the U.S. Family and Medical Leave Act, FML is available to you for the following reasons:

a) To care for the employee’s newborn child after birth, or placement for adoption or foster care within one year of birth or placement;

b) To care for the employee’s spouse, child (including same-sex spouse’s child (that is, a stepchild)), or parent (but not in-law) who has a serious health condition; and/or

c) For the employee’s own serious health condition (including any period of incapacity due to pregnancy, prenatal medical care or childbirth) that makes the employee unable to perform one or more of the essential functions of his or her job. 

d) For any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that a spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a military member on covered active duty or call to covered active duty status. 

FML is not available for reasons other than those stated above.

Please contact Human Resources to inquire about Family Medical Leave or benefits@simmons.edu or x2084.

Forms below are available to print and complete by the eligible employees:

Please note: 
  • Once leave is requested, HR will provide you with the Rights and Responsibilities under FMLA and a form for your Health Provider to complete. You will have 15 calendar days to return the Health Provider form to HR.  
  • Upon receipt of your Health Provider form, HR will provide you with an approval or denial of FML including details if additional information is needed, within 5 business days.
  • Once leave is approved, HR and/or the employee will reach out to the manager to coordinate this time off under the leave provisions.    
  • You will also be provided additional details on how to coordinate your time off in Work Day and with your manager. 
    • If requesting intermittent leave, additional coordination with your manager will be needed before intermittent leave can be approved.


We recognize that employees need time away from work to rest, reflect, and re-energize. We provide staff employees with vacation time for these purposes. Faculty do not earn vacation days. Regular staff employees (benefit eligible part-time and full-time) accrue vacation. Temporary workers do not accrue vacation. Please review the policy.


Time Off

Please refer to Section 8 of the Employee Handbook for more detailed information regarding Time Off.