Total Rewards & Benefits

Vacation, Personal, and Sick Time

Harvard offers generous paid time off benefits – including vacation, personal and sick time, and holidays. Vacation, personal, and sick time begin accruing immediately after an employee's start date. Vacation time may only be used after the three-month orientation and review period; personal and sick time may be used immediately after accrual. All personal time must be used by the end of the calendar year in which it is awarded. 

See Paid Time Off for details on rates of accrual.

More information on paid time off can be found on Harvie at University Policies and Union Contracts.

For a list of University holidays, see the Holiday Calendar.

Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance

New benefits-eligible employees will receive an information packet from the University's Benefits Services with details on different health benefits available to you. New employees have 30 days from their date of hire to elect their benefits. See Health & Welfare Benefits for detailed information on Harvard's health benefits. If you have benefits-related questions, please call the Benefits Office at (617) 496-4001.

Child Care and Elder Care

Harvard provides a number of child care options, including on-campus care centers, and resources for finding care in your community. For information on child care and other parenting resources, visit Childcare at Harvard

Harvard's Office of Work/Life Resources provides resources related to managing the demands of work and family life. Through this service, employees have access to referrals, one-on-one consultations, educational programs, support programs, and information on issues including child care, elder care, adoption, and family relocation. 

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides faculty and staff (and their households) free and confidential help on personal and work-related issues. Call any time to speak with a trained counselor or for a referral to an experienced professional. After-hours calls will be answered by a counselor who is experienced in crisis intervention and can help you or help you assist someone else.

More information is available from KGA online or by phone at at 1-877-377-4278.

Disability Benefits

If you are seriously ill or injured and unable to work for an extended period of time, and if you provide acceptable medical documentation, you may be eligible to continue to receive income under Harvard's disability coverage. Work-related injuries may be covered by Worker's Compensation. For more information on Harvard's disability options, visit the Disability Benefits page.

For SEAS-specific processes, see Disability and Leaves of Absence.

Maternity and Parental Leaves

Harvard provides up to 13 weeks of maternity leave, and up to four weeks of parental leave. For more information, see Maternity and Parental Leave.


Harvard offers retirement plans and personal tax-deferred accounts for faculty and staff. For more information, see the HARVie Retirement page.

Tuition Assistance Program

The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) allows employees to take classes at most facilities at Harvard, or job-related courses at other institutions, at a discounted rate. Additionally, the Education Assistance Fund may cover tuition not covered under TAP. For more information on all education assistance programs, visit Tuition Assistance.

Athletic Facilities

Harvard has a number of athletic facilities on campus, available to employees and affiliates with a membership. Visit the Harvard Recreation Athletic Memberships to sign up for membership.


Harvard employees and one guest may access any of Harvard’s 10 museums for free by showing their Harvard ID card.

Discounts for local non-Harvard museums are also available to employees. Visit the Outings & Innings website for details.

Outings and Innings

Outings & Innings is a program that offers Harvard employees tickets to sporting events, theater, movies, concerts, and many other recreational and cultural events.