Managing Leaves of Absence

Important: The New York State Paid Family Leave Law (PFL) goes into effect January 1, 2018. PFL provides family leave benefits to eligible employees through a small payroll deduction. To learn more about the new PFL law, go to: or read the Frequently Asked Questions.
The Leaves of Absence section is intended only to provide information and guidance to departments for processing leaves for Columbia University Officers, staff and union employees. The writers of the content have exercised their best efforts to ensure accuracy of the information, but accuracy is not guaranteed. If there are any discrepancies between the information on the website, verbal representations and the Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) or applicable University policies, the CBAs and applicable policies will always govern. The information is subject to change from time to time. The information contained on the website is intended to provide examples and does not replace the CBAs or University policies.