Identify your goals for this important life event as you think
about your eligiblility for sick or other disability benefits both
prior to the anticipated due date and for a period of time past the
If you are a temporary and probationary employee without
permanent status, you are entitled to leave with or without full
pay. You are not eligible for leave, however, beyond that
date when your employment would otherwise terminate.
Child-rearing leave is available to adoptive or foster parents
in the same way as child-rearing after delivery.
Your absences during pregnancy and following childbirth may be
charged to vacation, personal, sick or holiday leave.
While a doctor’s certificate may be required for any
period of disability, Human Resources will request detailed medical
documentation whenever disability is claimed during the period from
four weeks prior to delivery through six weeks after delivery. All
medical documentation should be sent directly to Human
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Employees who are eligible for the Family Medical Leave Act
(FMLA) should apply for FMLA.
All employees, regardless of sex, are entitled to leave without
pay for child rearing for up to seven months following the date of
During child rearing leave, you are permitted, upon request, to
use annual leave before being granted leave without pay. The
university does not require that you exhaust all leave credits
prior to being granted leave without pay for child care. Sick leave
may be used only during a period of medical disability.
Any leave of absence beyond the seventh month after childbirth
is at the discretion of your department, except in the case of
continuing medical disability. If you had requested a leave for
child care of less than seven months you may request to have the
leave extended up to the seven month maximum.
If both parents are state employees, child rearing leave is
granted for one parent at a time. Parents may elect to split the
mandatory seven month leave into two separate blocks of leave with
each parent using one continuous period of leave but not exceeding
a combined total of seven months of leave and not extending beyond
seven months from the date of delivery.
Talk with the Human Resouces benefits
expert about other arrangements for shared leave, including
Temporary and probationary employees without any permanent
status are entitled to leave with full pay and/or without pay as
described above. However, these employees are not eligible for
leave beyond that date when their employment would otherwise
terminate. In general, the state’s policy on leave for
pregnancy, childbirth and child care shall not be construed to
require extension of any employment beyond the time it would