From vacation and holiday time to personal and sick time, Northeastern provides ample paid time off benefits. Please review each benefit outlined below for eligibility criteria. The following three resources are also available:
Northeastern uses a university-wide time tracking system available on myNEU.
Your vacation days are determined by your position grade and years of service. Please refer to the chart below for vacation accrual rates.
Please note: Vacation time accrued during one fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) must be used by June 30 of the following fiscal year; it cannot be carried forward into subsequent fiscal years.
Accruals begin the first month of employment if you’re hired by the 15th of the month. If you’re hired after the 15th of the month, accruals begin the second month of employment. Accrual rates and eligibility for administrative and professional staff are based on benefits-eligible positions that are appointed for more than 45 weeks, and length of service as shown in the charts above.
* Members of the faculty in teaching or research, including co-op coordinators (2.9), clinical or academic specialists (2.7), or full-time lecturers (2.8F) who hold appointments on a 12-month basis are entitled to an annual vacation to be accrued at the rate of two work days per month. Faculty, including coordinators, specialists, or lecturers, who are employed on a less than 12-month basis and are paid an annual salary do not accrue vacation during the periods when they are in service at Northeastern.
Do you work in California? If you work in California, your accrued vacation time rolls over from year to year. In accordance with the state’s law, total accrual of vacation time is capped at an amount not to exceed 2x the number of vacation days you earn in a fiscal year. For example, an employee earning 15 vacation days per year may not accrue more than 30 total vacation days.
Northeastern observes the following holidays, one of which is a floating holiday. On floating holidays, the university remains open and some employees are required to work. If you are required to work, you can enjoy a holiday on a day of your choice during the 30 days preceding or following the floating holiday. The actual holiday schedule varies by campus.
To be paid for a holiday, a faculty or staff member must be in a benefits-eligible, paid status on the working days before and after the holiday.
If you work in Massachusetts, the observed holidays are:
In addition, it has been the university's practice to grant time off during the holiday season in December. This time off is announced in advance each year.
Specific holiday schedules for the regional campuses are also available.
If you are unable to work due to personal illness, illness of an immediate family member, and other circumstances, you may take paid sick time. The amount of university-provided sick time varies based on position and length of service. For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about sick leave, click here.
Employees may use up to three days of earned paid sick time as personal days for personal matters including, but not limited to, appointments, parent-teacher conferences, and religious observances. This benefit allows the use of up to three days of accrued or allotted sick time annually from the start of the fiscal year, July 1. This time must be pre-arranged with the department head.
If a member of your immediate family dies, Northeastern provides paid time off, generally not exceeding three days. Members of your immediate family include parent, brother, sister, spouse, child, grandparent, parent-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law.
Northeastern respects the religious beliefs of faculty and staff and their desire to take time off for religious observances. Employees may use personal time for religious observances.
If you’re selected for jury duty, the university will pay the difference between your regular salary and the payment you receive for jury duty, exclusive of the travel allowance. You must submit any payment received from the court along with the Record of Performance provided by the court to the HRM/Payroll Service Center at 250 Columbus Place.
If the polls are open sufficiently early or late for you to vote before or after work hours, the university does not grant time off for voting. However, if you do not have sufficient time to get to the polls before or after work hours, you will be allowed up to two hours of time off for voting. Please notify your supervisor at least 24 hours in advance of your expected absence.
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