Update History

DateSection(s)Description of Update


Updated types of non-academic appointments in order to clarify that employees can be "term" (on appointments with specific end dates); "temporary" refers to non-MIT employees.

Conforming changes to EPM Sec. 2.1.2 to eliminate the designation of "temporary" MIT employees.

Added Juneteenth as an Institute holiday.

Updates to 3.1 regarding flexible work arrangements.

Conforming changes in response to updates to 3.1. 

Conforming changes in response to updates to 3.1.  Conforming change: Signatures no longer required on leave request form  Conforming change: Removed reference to policy on 22 days of LWOP over the course of a year (policy change part of the PFMLA revision)

Added additional details on maternity leave to 4.3.5.

Minor conforming changes in response to the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA).

Updates to MIT's leave policies in response to the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA).


Added pay policies regarding Winter Break.

Updates to 5.8.7 regarding remote work.

Changed unpaid time to paid time for voting in presidential elections.

Corrected name of office to Office of Graduate Education

Updates to reflect new Salaried Non-exempt category and for consistency with Compensation Initiative changes.


Corrected length of time of MIT's paid parental leave (6 months)

Clarifications on use of sick leave, including coordination with FMLA and other laws.

Added nurse practitioners and midwives as people who can certify an illness for MIT's Extended Sick Leave policy.

Added nurse practitioners and midwives as people who can certify an illness for MIT's sick leave policy. 

Replaced chart of permitted interview questions with a link to an updated version of the questions on the Human Resources website.

Corrected the reference to the corrective action policy to reflect accurate subsection (EPM 3.2.3).

This policy on the Employment of Foreign Nationals has been replaced by Policies & Procedures 7.11.

EPM Policy 5.10 (Employment of MIT Employees in Out-Of-State Locations) replaced by P&P Policy 7.10. Re-numbered EPM Policy 5.11 and 5.12 to 5.10 and 5.11, respectively.


Changed in the acronym used in EPM 1.8 on Employment of Foreign Nationals.

Removed sections from 3.0 that were solely links to P&P, deleted some obsolete policies, renamed one policy, and renumbered remaining policies.

  • Performance Feedback, Reviews, Corrective Action moved from 3.3 to 3.2
  • Personnel Records moved from 3.6 to 3.3
  • Attendance and Punctuality moved from 3.1.2 to 3.4
  • Dishonesty moved from 3.1.7 to 3.5
  • Work Breaks moved from 3.1.9 to 3.7 and renamed from "Refreshment Breaks"

Revised to point to Section 7.6 of Policies and Procedures.

MIT enhanced its Paid Parental Leave policy to provide eligible new parents with up to 20 days of paid leave.

Changed references from employees who are paid "monthly" to "semimonthly" to reflect transition to semimonthly payroll schedule.

Corrected amount of leave for sick family members.


Removed language regarding smoking; pointing to Policies & Procedures for this content.

Conforming to minor changes in Policies & Procedures content on smoking.


Updated content and links to conform to changes in Policies & Procedures content on harassment, nondiscrimination, and related policies.

Added 4.12.2, Participation in Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day Exercises.

Update job flexibility policy in 3.1.1; conforming changes in 5.1 and 5.4.2.

Revised description of MIT's Personal Assistance Benefit.

Revised policy.

Link to revised Policies & Procedures 7.1.1 and 7.1.2.


Changes needed to refer to new requirement to record use of paid sick time plus other clarifying changes.

Removed reference to Faculty Committee on Outside Professional Activities.

Updated with additional Title IX information.

Updated with Sick Time Under Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law Information.

Added Sick Time Under Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law.

Added Leaves of Absence for Victims of Domestic Violence.

Updated VP of HR, Title IX Coordinator.


All pages updated with new look and feel; no changes made to content.

Updated leave policies to include paid parental leave.

Included sentence on designations in the absence of the VP of HR.


Clarification of layoff notice period for certain titles.

Changes in titles of employees who can permit exceptions.

Removed general questions about applicants' criminal background; added language to refer to HROs for criminal checks for finalists.


Added Working Alone policy.

Inserted note that, even with the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the Department of Defense's ROTC programs conflict with MIT's policy of nondiscrimination in regard to gender identity.

Included sentence on reinstatement of laid off employees to reflect new hire pension plan.

Updated policies on Termination of Employment.

Updated policy on Probationary Period.

Updated policy on Performance Feedback, Performance Reviews, and Corrective Action.

New look and feel; also changes to obsolete language, updated process references and links throughout the Personnel Policy Manual.

Updated reference to Service Employees' International Union.