The University provides parental leave benefits for the birth, foster placement, or
adoption of children by Postdoctoral Fellows in all academic units.
The Postdoc may work part-time during parental leave, which may extend beyond eight
calendar weeks. However, the paid leave time under this rule is limited to a cumulative
eight weeks in total.
Eligible Postdoctoral Fellows should apply for Parental Leave at least 12 weeks before
the leave is expected to begin or as soon as reasonably possible before an adoption
or foster placement.
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will forward any Postdoctoral Fellow’s Parental
Leave requests to HR Absence Management Team for FMLA consideration.
The Postdoctoral Fellow and their faculty advisor must have a written agreement that
outlines the Postdoctoral Fellow's duties and how they will fulfill them after taking
parental leave, including the length of leave and whether part-time work will be required.
External postdoctoral fellowships may need formal notification and approval from the
funding agency for an extension beyond the standard duration as stipulated in the
fellowship award terms, in certain cases.
After taking a paid parental leave under this rule, a Postdoctoral Fellow is entitled
to return to their position with the same rate of pay and benefits as if they had
not taken the leave. Failure to return to their position may lead to termination of
employment and loss of pay and benefits.
A paid parental leave of absence (including both Disability Leave Benefits and Caregiving
Leave Benefits) taken under this rule runs concurrently with leave available under
the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and does not extend or defer FMLA leave.
Postdoctoral Fellows are not eligible for parental leave benefits if they do not become
the legal parent or guardian of the child after arrival. However, the person who gives
birth may be eligible for benefits under other University regulations related to health-related
leave and the Family Medical Leave Act.