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Parental Leave

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for FML, you may qualify for parental leave. This policy provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave for the birth of a natural child or for the adoption or foster care placement of children under three years of age. This policy applies to any employee who's appointed to work at least 20 hours per week for a period of at least 4.5 continuous months.

If you, or your department, have been notified by Strategic Workforce Solutions that you don't qualify for FML, you may use parental leave. Employees are required to use all accrued and available paid leave, while taking parental leave. You can only use sick leave for the period of incapacitation only. For the rest of the period of 12 weeks, other paid leave must be used, unless there is an extension of the period of incapacitation due to complications or illness of the child or mother.

If you become eligible for FML while using parental leave, then you'll be placed on FML for the remainder of the leave. The period that you're placed on parental leave will count toward the 12 weeks of FML.

The university will continue to contribute its share of premiums for your insurance during the time that you're using available and appropriate leave accruals. The university will discontinue its share of premiums for you during the time that you're on a full month of leave without pay.

Leave of Absence

It's also the policy of the university to provide a leave of absence (LOA) without pay for personal reasons, professional development and public service or other activities that reflect credit on the university and enhance an individual's ability to make subsequent contributions to the university. If you're interested in a LOA, you must submit an Leave of Absence application form through department channels.

Learn more about your insurance options while on leave without pay, including how to continue coverage, how to pay, and what to do when you return to work in a benefits eligible position.