Time Off & Time Away

Summer Hours and Compressed Workweek Policy  for  Staff

Authorized Time Away from Work

The following are considered authorized absences from work. 

  • Holidays
  • Personal Days
  • Vacation
  • Sick Time

Holidays

Listed below are the traditional and floating holidays scheduled for the fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2023, and ends on June 30, 2024. Floating holidays are awarded and available for use on the first day of the month in which the holiday falls. Please note that all floating holidays awarded must be used by June 30, 2024 (no carryover into the next fiscal year). We are also pleased to report that the College will observe additional days off during the week of Independence Day and also for the time between Christmas and New Year's Day1.

Holiday Date Type
Independence Day Tuesday, July 4th, 2023
traditional holiday
Week of July 4th Monday, July 3rd; Wednesday, July 5th - Friday, July 7th 2023
additional days in 2023
Labor Day Monday, September 4th, 2023
floating holiday
Indigenous People’s Day Monday, October 9th, 2023
traditional holiday
Veterans Day Friday, November 10th, 2023
floating holiday celebrated
Thanksgiving Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th, 2023
traditional holidays
Christmas Monday, December 25th, 2023
traditional holiday
Between Christmas and New Year’s Day Tuesday, December 26th, 2023 - Friday, December 29th, 2023
additional days
New Year’s Day Monday, January 1st, 2024
traditional holiday
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 15th, 2024
floating holiday
Presidents Day Monday, February 19th, 2024
floating holiday
Good Friday Friday, March 29th, 2024
traditional holiday
Memorial Day Monday, May 27th, 2024
traditional holiday
Juneteenth Wednesday, June 19th, 2024
traditional holiday

[1] Please note that the College may not always be able to grant additional days off during the week of July 4th and on the days between Christmas and New Year’s Day. This additional time off is granted for 2023-2024 at the discretion of the College and does not create a precedent for future years.

Personal Days

Effective July 1, 2021, all full-time staff members are eligible for three personal days with pay each fiscal year (July through June). The award of personal days for new hires will be prorated according to hire date and will be available to use after 90 days of employment. Unused personal days may not be carried over to the next fiscal year, may not be taken after notice of termination is given and are not paid upon termination.

Vacation

The College has announced a new Vacation Leave Policy for FY2021 (DOCX), effective July 1, 2020. 

Non-Exempt Vacation Accrual

Non-exempt employees accrue vacation at the rate of .83 days per month of completed service. After seven years of continuous service the monthly vacation accrual rate increases from .83 days to 1.25 days for each month of service. After 15 years of continuous service the monthly vacation accrual increases from 1.25 days to 1.66 days for each month of service. If your position is less than 52 weeks, your vacation time must be taken within the budgeted weeks allotted to your position.

Exempt Vacation Accrual

Exempt employees accrue vacation at the rate of 1.66 days per month of completed service.

Sick Time

The College has announced a new Sick Leave Policy, effective January 1, 2021. This change was made to coincide with the effective date of  paid leave benefits now available for all employees under the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (MA PFML), as well as the College’s new Supplemental Medical Leave plan available to benefits-eligible employees.  For information about MA PFML and Supplemental Leave please go to the dedicated Leaves page.

The new policy provides all staff members with a guaranteed number of sick leave days each January 1st, meant to cover eligible absences such as occasional illness, doctor’s appointments, and the MA PFML elimination period.

Effective January 1, 2021, Sick Leave balances will be as follows:

  • Full-time staff members will start the year with the greater of their existing balance or 7 days.
  • Part-time staff members will start the year with the greater of their existing balance or 40 hours.

Regardless of how much Sick Leave an employee uses throughout the year, the employee will begin each future January 1 with the same starting Sick Leave balances set forth above.

All other aspects of the College's existing sick time policy, including the reasons for which sick time may be used, remain the same and will be interpreted and applied consistent with applicable law.

For more information, please refer to the sick time policy  .

Additional policy information