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Small Necessities Leave Act (SNLA)

Section 516

Eligible staff can take up to 24 hours of unpaid leave per year to participate in school activities directly related to the educational advancement of the employee's dependent or to accompany the employee's dependent to routine medical or dental appointments. The college will measure the 12-month period as a rolling 12-month period measured back from the date you use any leave under this policy. This law also covers eligible employees who need to accompany an elderly relative to routine medical, dental, or other appointments related to professional care of the relative. An elderly relative is defined as an individual 60 years of age or older who is related to the employee by blood, marriage, or same-sex domestic partnership.


To be eligible, employees must have worked at Smith College for 12 months and accrued 1,250 hours in the year immediately preceding the leave. Employees are asked to give at least one week of 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. As in the case of the FMLA, you may elect to substitute any available paid vacation or personal time for the unpaid leave. Earned sick time may be applied for this purpose.

Departments may require that leave requests be supported by certification.