A leave of absence for up to twelve (12) workweeks shall be granted to an employee for childbirth purposes in accordance with the provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA - Family Medical Leave Act Information). A full-time employee, giving birth, may charge the childbirth leave time to their accrued sick leave, or may apply for short-term disability benefits for any period of the leave certified by a physician as qualifying the employee for short-term disability benefits. If the employee’s short-term disability benefits and/or accrued sick leave are insufficient to cover the total childbirth leave taken (up to 12 weeks), the balance of the childbirth leave must first be charged to an employee’s accrued vacation time and/or personal leave after which such leave shall be granted without pay.
If a full-time employee’s non-employee spouse/domestic partner gives birth, the employee shall be entitled to no more than 12 workweeks of childbirth leave. Appropriate documentation will be required to substantiate the need for the leave. Such documentation is to be provided by the employee to the Office of Human Resources at the time the request for leave is submitted. The childbirth leave must first be first charged to an employee’s accrued sick leave, then to an employee's accrued vacation time and/or personal leave after which such leave shall be granted without pay.
If both parents are full-time employed by the College, then the combined number of workweeks of childbirth leave to which both may be entitled on account of the birth of a child, will be limited to 12 workweeks during any 12-month period. The two employees will have the freedom to determine how the 12 workweeks will be divided among them. The balance of any childbirth leave not covered by accrued sick leave or short-term disability benefits must first be first charged to an employee’s accrued vacation time and/or personal leave after which such leave shall be granted without pay.
Childbirth leave under this program will begin on the date of the birth of the child and conclude no more than 12 workweeks thereafter.