Benefits and Policies to Support Adult and Elder Caregiving Responsibilities

The following information is on Columbia University benefits, policies, and resources that may support your adult/elder caregiving needs.

Leave Policies

Eligible employees make take up to eight weeks of partially paid family leave to care for a family member with a serious health condition. Consult this page for full details or contact the Office of Leave Management.

Under this policy all eligible University faculty and staff who work in New York City may accrue up to a maximum of 40 hours of paid sick time per fiscal year, which can be used for illness or preventive care of one's self or one's family members. For questions, contact the Office of Leave Management.

Under FMLA, eligible employees are granted up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave during any twelve-month period to care for his/herself, a parent, a spouse/partner, or a child with a serious health condition. For questions, contact the Office of Leave Management.

Eligible employees may be able to take up to six months unpaid leave for compelling personal reasons. Review the Human Resources webpage or the Faculty Handbook for more information. For questions, contact the Office of Leave Management.

An FWA is any variation in the scheduling of work hours and/or location from the traditional on-campus daily pattern. Columbia University recognizes the important role that workplace flexibility can play in an employee’s ability to manage both professional and personal responsibilities.  

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Eligible employees can elect to enroll in Universal Life Insurance with long-term care insurance. This can help eligible employees pay some of the costs associated with long-term nursing home or home health care services that are not covered by traditional medical insurance or Medicare.  

Free 24/7 health advocacy services can help you and your spouse, dependent children, parents and parents-in-law with a variety of healthcare related questions—and provide support, advice and coordination.

Legal services are provided through a voluntary benefit with MetLife.