Parenting leave grants non-FMLA eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job protected leave with a continuation of group health insurance coverage within 12 months of the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a son or daughter.
Employees are eligible for parenting leave on or after 180 days from their date of hire or the date of the successful completion of their initial probationary period (if applicable), whichever is later. All employees are eligible if they meet the criteria above. If both parents are employees of the university and have not met requirements for FMLA, only one parent is entitled to parenting leave if both have not met FMLA requirements.
Employees can choose to use a combination of accrued paid leave or unpaid leave. However, employees must first use accrued sick leave and any accrued annual leave or compensatory time they have in excess of 80 hours before going on leave without pay. Refer to Faculty Staff handbook 3710 for specific leave policies.
How to apply
When the need for Parenting Leave is foreseeable, an employee must submit an application to Benefit Services at least 30 days in advance of the need for leave. When events are not foreseeable, employees must provide as much notice as possible.