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News & Policy Updates

Retirement Plan Investment Choices to Change

The Retirement Plan Investment Committee for the Smith College Defined Contribution Retirement Plan (a 403(b) plan) has authorized several changes to the current investment fund choices available to participants.

New Smith Executive Education Programs for Faculty & Staff

Smith Executive Education is excited to pilot a new offering of self-directed programs for faculty and staff. The first program, Effective Business Problem-Solving, is available starting July 14, 2021.

Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave law requires employers to provide up to one week of paid sick leave to employees who need leave for a covered COVID-19-related reason.

Paid Leave for COVID-19 Vaccine Immune Response

If needed, the college is offering paid leave for up to 2 paid days off to support employees whose immune response interferes with their ability to engage in their normal work duties.

Care@Work Benefit

Effective February 16, 2021, we are launching the Care@Work benefit to support your efforts to find caregiver services during the pandemic.

Identity Theft Protection

Coverage for identity theft protection through the Allstate Identity Protection Pro Plus plan is available to all Smith College employees. Employees can opt in or out of this voluntary plan at any time during the year.

Smith College Employees with Disabilities

Smith College strives to create a positive work environment that can accommodate employees with diverse needs.

New Arrivals at Smith

Every month the Office of Human Resources will announce all new employees who joined the Smith community  

Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

An email notification went out to employees and students via Workday the morning of Friday, September 27, 2019, in regard to the new Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave law effective January 1, 2021. A copy of the message is provided here for your reference.

Childcare Resources

The towns surrounding the Smith College campus provide access to a number of daycare centers and nursery schools for pre-school children. Since child care needs vary greatly depending on the ages of children and your specific circumstances, you need to research these opportunities fully. The following internet links and contact information will help identify local resources that you may want to consider. Obviously, the information presented for individual providers is subject to change.

Eldercare Resources

Many in the Smith community will need to provide care at some point for an aging parent, in-law, partner or loved one. The following resources will help provide some useful eldercare information and services. This is not a comprehensive guide but more of a general starting point to introduce you to the range and diversity of what is available. Human Resources does not advocate for any one type of care, nor for any facility or organization mentioned in this guide.