New Paid Parental Leave Introduced

The Office of Human Resources, at the request of the Staff Association Council, is proud to announce the adoption of a new Paid Parental Leave benefit for full-time and part-time regular staff. We are excited to extend this benefit to our devoted staff as an investment in the well-being of their families.

The Paid Parental Leave allows for four consecutive weeks (20 work days) of paid maternity/paternity leave that can be used during the 12 months immediately following the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child. The staff member must be at least 50% effort and employed in a benefits-eligible position for at least 6 months to be eligible for this leave. Part-time regular staff, who are 50% effort or greater are eligible for a prorated amount of the 20 paid parental leave days based on their percent effort.

Leaves for the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child that occur on or after July 1, 2017 will be eligible for Paid Parental Leave. The leave will run concurrently with the University’s Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Short-Term Disability (STD) programs. The staff member is still required to file for FMLA/STD with MetLife when taking the Paid Paternal Leave.

The official Paid Parental Leave policy is located in the Paid and Unpaid Time Off section of the Staff Handbook. Resources related to medical leave types for staff are available on the Benefits page. If you have any questions about this new policy, please contact the Benefits Department at 412-624-8160 or