Leave of Absence

Leave of Absence

The subject of leaves of absence at Brown University is complex. The Benefits Office is responsible for drafting and revising the relevant Human Resources policies regarding leaves and for interpreting the application of policy.

Staff members who require time off from work may be eligible to take a leave of absence. In some instances, you may continue to be paid while you are out on a short-term leave of absence by using accrued sick or vacation time.

In order to qualify for a leave of absence, a staff member must be regularly scheduled to work at least 975 hours per year. Some leaves of absence, however, have additional specific requirements. For example, to be eligible for the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or Rhode Island Parental and Family Medical Leave (RIPFML), a staff member must have been employed for 12 months and have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12-month period immediately preceding the leave.

Additionally, a staff member must intend and be eligible to return to employment in a secured position with the University at the expiration of the leave.