Small Necessities Leave Act (SNLA)
Definition: In accordance with Massachusetts law, the Conservatory provides twenty-four (24) hours of "small necessities" leave in a 12-month rolling period to all eligible employees for the purpose of:
A) participating in school activities directly related to the educational advancement of a son or daughter of the employee, such as parent-teacher conferences or interviewing for a new school;
B) accompanying a son or daughter of the employee to routine medical or dental appointments, such as check-ups or vaccinations; or,
C) accompanying an elderly relative of the employee to routine medical or dental appointments or appointments for other professional services related to the elder's care, such as interviewing nursing or group homes.
Eligibility: Employees are eligible for small necessities leave if they have completed twelve (12) months of service prior to commencement of leave, have worked at least 1,000 hours in the twelve (12) months prior to the leave, and have not taken twenty-four (24) hours of small necessities leave in the twelve (12) months prior to the commencement of leave.
Benefit: Small necessities leave generally is unpaid, however eligible employees may use accrued vacation time to attend school activities or accrued sick time to accompany a child or parent to a medical appointment in order to receive pay for small necessities leave. An employee is entitled to small necessities leave in addition to leave for which he or she may be eligible under FMLA.
Eligible employees must make requests for small necessities leave to their supervisors at least seven (7) days in advance of the foreseeable events and as soon as possible for unforeseeable events. When small necessities leave ends, the employee will be reinstated to the same position so long as the small necessities leave did not exceed twenty-four (24) hours.