Human Resources

Small Necessities Leave Act

All Massachusetts employers covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are also required to comply with the Small Necessities Leave Act (SNLA), a state law providing eligible employees with additional leave for certain family obligations.

This law provides 24 hours of unpaid leave time during any 12-month period for certain purposes, e.g., to attend parent-teacher conferences; to accompany immediate family members to routine medical appointments, interviews at nursing homes, etc. As in the case of the FMLA, the eligible employee may elect to substitute any available paid vacation or excused time for unpaid leave.

Employees are asked to give at least one week notice if the need for this leave is foreseeable. If leave is unforeseeable, the employee must give as much notice as is practical under the circumstances.

Departments may require that leave requests be supported by certification.

Details of this policy are available in the Office of Human Resources.