Paid parental leave is designed to support parents in taking the time they need to bond with a child upon birth or adoption.
You can take up to 6 weeks of paid leave at any time during the first 12 weeks following the birth or adoption of a child. The 6 weeks need not be continuous as long as all the time falls within the 12-week period.
No, paid parental leave is designed to run concurrently with Family and Medical Leave, not to extend the FML leave period. Employees who wish to extend their leave beyond the allotted 12-week FML may request additional personal leave time and apply earned vacation, sick, or compensatory time in accordance with University policies.
No, you remain on full pay status during approved parental leave. The University will continue to pay the employer portions of your elected benefits, and you remain responsible for the employee portion. You will continue to earn service credit and UA retirement contributions as normal. Vacation and sick time accruals also continue.
In addition to paid parental leave, tenure-eligible or continuing-eligible faculty may request a tenure/continuing status clock delay based on the birth or adoption of a child.
Yes. Disability insurance coverage will not affect paid parental leave.
As long as you complete your leave within the 12-week period, and you and your department negotiate a mutually agreeable work schedule, you may flex your leave by working part-time through any or all of the period. Any flexible work arrangement must be approved by the department and recorded on the Request for Paid Parental Leave form in advance of the leave commencing.
Yes, the benefit applies to adoption of any child up to the age of 18.
Payroll will first apply your available sick leave accruals toward the repayment. If a balance for the repayment remains, available vacation leave accruals will also be applied. Payroll will notify you of any additional amounts owed following the application of your sick and vacation accruals.
No, you are only required to return for 90 days at your new FTE.
No, academic-year appointees are eligible to receive a prorated amount of paid parental leave for any portion of the six-week leave period that occurs in the new academic year. In addition, the summer months between academic years count toward the 12-month eligibility requirement, as long as you are working in the academic years before and after the summer.
No, each fully benefits-eligible employee may take one paid parental leave in a 12-month period. The birth or adoption of multiple children does not increase the length of leave approved for that event.
No. The paid parental leave benefit is not available in this circumstance.
No, paid parental time cannot be donated.
Yes. All fully benefits-eligible UA employees may take 6 weeks of paid parental leave, with or without FML. If an employee wishes to combine FML with Paid Parental Leave, then the total maximum leave time is 12 weeks.
Yes, postdoctoral scholars and clinical residents expected to work at a .50 FTE or greater for 6 months or longer are considered eligible for full benefits, and therefore are eligible for the paid parental leave.
The Graduate College has its own parental leave policy. Information about parental leave for graduate students is available at the Graduate College website: http://grad.arizona.edu/financial-resources/ua-resources/employment/ga-manual/ga-benefits
If you have any questions about the Paid Parental Leave Benefit, please do not hesitate to contact the Division of Human Resources. You may reach us at email@example.com or (520) 621-3660.
Time reporting codes are available for use in UAccess Employee as of July 1, 2014. Fully benefits-eligible employees should see these codes on their drop-downs in UAccess Employee.
Any portion of the paid parental leave that runs concurrently with Family Medical Leave should be coded using the –FML extension to ensure that Family Medical Leave balances are accurately tracked. Use the PLP/PLE code when no Family Medical Leave is being used.
For positive time reporters (i.e., who report all hours worked):
PLP—Paid Parental Leave—Positive
FPLP—FML Paid Parental Leave—Positive
For exempt employees (i.e., who report only time away from work):
PLE—Paid Parental Leave—Exception
FPLE—FML Paid Parental Leave—Exception
That day is recorded as a paid holiday, either FML holiday (FMHE) if the employee is taking simultaneous family medical leave, or regular holiday (HLE-) if the employee is on paid parental leave only. The three holidays during winter closure are always coded as regular holiday days (HLE). These holidays do not extend the paid parental leave period.
The three holidays (two for Christmas and one for New Year’s Day) are recorded as regular paid holidays, even if the employee is taking simultaneous family medical leave. These holidays do not extend paid parental leave. The non-holiday winter closure days are recorded using the University Closure code. These days do extend paid parental leave because the University is officially closed during this time.
Yes. Departments are responsible for paying for this time.
Because the policy is being managed and financed at the departmental level, all documentation should be retained at the departmental level. On return to work, the employee is asked to produce documentation of the birth or adoption. The person retaining the Request for Parental Leave form should view and return the documents, initialing and dating the form as verification. It is not necessary nor advisable for the department to keep a copy of confidential documentation. In rare cases the employee’s name may not appear on the birth certificate (e.g., in the case of a same-sex couple). The department may accept the employee’s ability to produce the documentation as evidence of co-parenting. Should questions arise in a specific case, please contact the Division of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 621-3660.
The Parental Leave Policy requires employees to agree to return to work for at least 90 days after their approved leave or reimburse the University for salary and benefits paid out during the leave period. If an employee notifies your department of intent not to return following the leave, he or she is considered in an overpayment status for the time paid as Parental Leave. The Financial Services Office has information on Paid Parental Leave repayment at http://www.fso.arizona.edu/payroll/departments/parental-leave-repayment
Encourage the employee to submit a letter of resignation as soon as possible upon making the decision, in order that a termination can be processed immediately, ending the paid parental leave.
In order to recover the monies owed to the University please follow these steps:
If you have any questions, please contact Payroll at (520) 621-9097.
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