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7.0 General Employment Policies

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7.4 Benefits for Faculty and Staff Members

The benefits programs of the Institute are available to all faculty and staff members who are appointed for at least 50 percent of the normal, full-time schedule of their department or laboratory/center, with an appointment of at least three months, and who are paid by MIT. The benefits do not, however, apply to graduate or undergraduate students, to postdoctoral or research fellows or affiliates, to most visitors (see Sections 2.3.4 Visiting Assistant Professor, Visiting Associate Professor, Visiting Professor; 2.3.10 Visiting Lecturer; and 5.3.4 Visiting Engineer, Visiting Scientist, Visiting Scholar), or to members of the armed services assigned to the Institute.

All employees, including those who are otherwise ineligible for MIT benefits, are entitled to sick leave in accordance with Massachusetts state law, as described in the Personnel Policy Manual, Section 4.3.22, Sick Time under the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law.

Certain benefits are unique to members of the Faculty and are so identified. The benefits programs may be amended from time to time at the discretion of the Institute.

Faculty and staff members may elect to continue benefits coverage during unpaid leaves of absence granted by the Institute, except for contributions to the MIT Supplemental 401(k) Plan. More information on benefits during leaves can be found on the Benefits Office website.

7.4.1 Benefits Communications

MIT's Benefits Office's website provides information about health and welfare plans as well as retirement plans.

Once each year during the fall, benefits-eligible members of the MIT community are given an opportunity to enroll in benefit plans for the first time or to change their previous elections. Information is provided via email, the website, and in group meetings. In addition, personal meetings can be arranged with Benefits Office staff.

7.4.2 Health Services Provided by MIT Medical

MIT Medical administers different health plans for employees, students, and affiliates. In addition, some services, such as wellness classes and flu shots, are available to all members of the MIT community. Information on MIT Medical's overall services and covered benefits can be found on its website.

7.4.3 Affiliate Health Program

Certain visitors and affiliates of the Institute are required to participate in a health insurance program. The criteria for mandatory participation are that the individual is not eligible for MIT employee benefits, not paid by MIT funds, appointed for at least 50 percent of the normal full-time work schedule, and appointed for at least three months. The appointment titles subject to the mandatory health care program are visiting scientist, visiting engineer, visiting economist, visiting scholar, visiting research associate, research fellow, fellow, postdoctoral fellow, and visiting professor (including assistant and associate professor). See the affiliate plan webpage for more detail.

Affiliates who do not meet the above criteria but wish to purchase health coverage through MIT may be eligible for the Affiliate Health Program on an optional basis.

7.4.4 Personal Assistance Program

MIT's Personal Assistance Program provides specialized evaluation and referral services for employees who face issues that may affect their work or family lives. The Personal Assistance Program also provides consultation with managers, supervisors, and administrators. The program is a confidential benefit for all staff and faculty of MIT.

Employees using the Personal Assistance Program may be able to use paid sick time under the general rules that apply to sick leave at MIT. Employees using the Personal Assistance Plan are subject to the same job performance expectations as other similarly situated employees.



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