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Benefits and Programs


We realize life is not always predictable and time off is essential to your well-being. Therefore, we provide a variety of paid time off benefits to meet your individual needs. These include (per year):

*Accruals vary based on years of service

Family Sick Leave

Employees may use any of their accrued sick leave to care for a child under age 18, spouse or parent who is ill. They may use up to five sick leave days per year for the serious illness of a child over the age of 18 and other immediate family members.

Family and Medical Leave

In recognizing the demands of the workplace as well as the needs of the family, STScI seeks to assure employees of the availability of leave with job protection under certain circumstances and events critical to their lives and the lives of their family.

Among the most important are the protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected unpaid leave for such things as an employee’s serious illness, the birth or adoption of a child, the serious illness of a family member (spouse, child, parent, etc.).

Although the leave is unpaid, an employee may receive income through paid time off benefits and/or disability benefits.

We also offer up to six weeks of paid parental leave for use in the event of the birth or adoption of a child. The leave is used to pay for time off during the first 12 weeks of the child’s birth or adoption.

Lactation & Health Room

STScI has set aside a location that functions as a private room for female employees with lactation requirements as well as an area of respite for employees who may not be feeling well.