June 02, 2016

Paid parental leave policy finalized, signed and effective July 1

baby sleepingFaculty and staff who are entitled to leave under the Family Medical Leave Act may receive pay for four of the 12 weeks of FMLA eligibility through UAB’s new parental leave policy, effective July 1.

The new policy, signed by President Ray Watts this past week, is a collaborative effort between the UAB administration and Faculty Senate that built on an earlier proposal by the Commission on the Status of Women. The benefit aligns the university with the rare U.S. employers that provide gender-neutral, paid parental leave.

“We are pleased any time we can extend benefits for UAB employees, because it improves our ability to recruit and retain exceptional faculty and staff,” Watts said. “And when those benefits also help employees improve their well-being and demonstrate families are a priority, we are especially proud of what we can accomplish working together.”

Chief Human Resources Officer Alesia Jones expressed her thanks to everyone who helped develop and implement this new benefit. “It is a great addition to the benefits we offer and makes a strong statement about UAB’s commitment to the importance of family and work-life balance,” she said.

Under the new policy, employees who qualify for the Family and Medical Leave of Absence Policy are eligible for up to four work weeks of paid parental leave following the birth or adoption of a child. This benefit will extend to all eligible employees within UAB, UAB Hospital, UAHSF, UAB Health System and Callahan Eye Hospital. Up to 12 weeks of FMLA-protected leave already is available for employees who have been employed for one year and have worked at least 1,250 hours during the previous 12 months; the new paid parental leave is included in the 12-week allowance.

As with all leaves, employees who anticipate using parental leave should discuss their plans with their supervisor.  For specific details on using parental leave, see the FAQs, examples and other information provided online or speak with your designated HR representative.

The full text of all policy and related resources is in the UAB Policies & Procedures Library.