Parental Leave: APSCUF Employees

For more information, please refer to the APSCUF Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article 18 Leaves of Absences/Section G: Parental Leave or Section H: Childrearing Leave or call the Office of Human Resources..

What is Parental Leave?

Parental Leave is an extended period of time away from work with benefits to those employees who become parents through childbirth, adoption, or foster care placement.  

  • Available to all faculty members (temporary, regular part-time, tenure track and tenured) who have met the FMLA criteria...one year/1250 hours worked.
  • May request up to ten (10) consecutive scheduled work days, using paid sick leave (accrued sick or donated from the Sick Leave Bank) during an otherwise unpaid parental leave.
  • No such leave shall be granted beyond one (1) year from the date of birth, of assuming custody of an adopted child or of placement of a foster child.
How do I request a Parental Leave for a pregnancy and/or the birth of a child?

Because pregnancy is a serious health condition, employees should request parental leave as soon as it is known it will be used.

  1. Review the FMLA Notice to Faculty and Employee Rights and Responsibilities under the FMLA.
  2. Complete the Request for FMLA Leave form. Please indicate plans for extended leave following the birth/adoption/foster care placement of the child, including amount of Annual Leave or Unpaid Leave to be used.
  3. Have your healthcare provider complete the Certification Form for Employee Serious Health Condition. (Note: Healthcare providers may charge a fee to complete forms necessary for FMLA certification.)
  4. Return both completed forms to the Office of Human Resources c/o Benefits Manager for review at least 30 days prior to your due date. A designation notice will be sent to you with approval determination and further instructions on leave continuation.
  5. Submit a Release to Return to Work form from your healthcare provider to your supervisor and the Office of Human Resources upon release to return to work by your physician.
  6. Entry into ESS is not required by the employee.
How do I request a Parental Leave for adoption or foster care?

For adoption or foster care placement, Parental Leave begins once custody/placement begins, except when required for prior legal proceedings.

  1. Review the FMLA Notice to Faculty and Employee Rights and Responsibilities under FMLA.
  2. Complete the Request for FMLA Leave form, signed by your dean and/or chair. Please indicate plans for extended leave following the birth/adoption/foster care placement of the child, including amount of Annual Leave or Unpaid Leave to be used.
  3. Return the completed form to the Office of Human Resources c/o Benefits Manager for review at least 30 days prior to adoption/placement. A designation notice will be sent to you with approval determination and further instructions on leave continuation.
  4. Entry into ESS is not required by the employee.
Can I take time off work prior to the birth/adoption/foster care placement?

Yesif approved by your supervisor and HRAnnual Leave can be used. This will not be covered by FMLA, unless medically necessary and documentation has been provided by your healthcare provider.

However, if your doctor finds it medically necessary for you to stop working prior to childbirth, this is considered Sick Leave. Employees with less than one (1) year of service may only request to use Sick Leave that has been earned to date. Employees with more than one (1) year of service may request to use Sick Leave that is expected to be earned in the current leave calendar year. Your doctor needs to provide medical documentation, which should be submitted to the Office of Human Resources.

For adoption or foster care placement, leave begins once custody/placement begins, except when required for prior legal proceedings.

What do I need to do once my child is born/legally adopted/placed in my care?
  1. If adding the child to your healthcare, the employee should complete the Medical Enrollment Change Form and bring it to the Office of Human Resources with the original birth certificate/adoption papers/foster care papers within 60 days of birth. 
  2. To add voluntary group life coverage for your new child, complete the VGLI Enrollment form on the PASSHE VGLIP website.
  3. For childbirth, submit updated medical documentation to the Office of Human Resources regarding your post-partum recovery period and expected release to return to full-time work date.

Remember: You may want to also update your beneficiary information for your basic group life insurance policy, voluntary group life insurance policy, and/or retirement accounts.

Can I take a longer leave than what my doctor ordered after the birth of my child?

Yesif approved by your dean/chair and HRAnnual Leave can be used. Once all Annual Leave is exhausted (Annual Leave not available for nine-month faculty), the remaining time off work will be unpaid leave. The remainder of approved 12 weeks of FMLA will apply.

Please refer to the FMLA Notice to Faculty, section titled, "Absences After 12 Weeks of FMLA Absence".

  • Regular Faculty Members may request an extension up to nine (9) months of leave without pay (LWOP) absence.
  • Temporary faculty members or regular part time faculty members may request an extension up to fourteen (14) weeks of leave without pay (LWOP) or the remainder of their appointment, whichever is less.
  • Faculty members must request the LWOP in writing, and for sick or family care reasons, proof of the need for continuing absence must be provided on the Serious Health Condition Certification form. Note: Only one occasion within a rolling year will be approved.
  • LWOP extensions cannot be used on an intermittent or reduced time basis.

 

Please refer to the FMLA Notice to Faculty, section titled, "Benefits Continuation Information".

  • Annual (if applicable), sick, and personal leave continue to accrue based on regular hours paid.
  • Medical benefits and group life insurance benefits through the State System will continue during the 12 weeks of an FMLA absence and the first 14 weeks of extended leave without pay (LWOP), as long as the faculty member continues to pay any employee share of premiums. Missed premiums will be billed by the central office of the State System. A faculty member must contact their University Human Resource office to add any new dependents to the medical benefits within 60 days of birth or assuming custody of a child
  • In accordance with the Affordable Care Act, a faculty member may be eligible to enroll in the State System's ACA health plan upon the expiration of the 14-week benefit-eligible period of extended leave without pay and during the 13-week LWOP for faculty with less than one year of employment. The ACA health plan is the Highmark PPO plan, which includes prescription drug coverage. The cost of the ACA PPO plan is not subsidized by the State System. If you elect coverage in this plan, you will be paying the full plan cost.