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Parental Leave

Parental Leave

*The university’s leave policy guarantees six months of parental leave for eligible employees upon the birth or adoption of a child. The first 12 weeks are considered FMLA-qualifying.

OPS employees, including Post-Doctoral Associates, are eligible for up to 12 work weeks of parental leave, once they have worked at least 12 months (need not be consecutive), and also have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12 months prior to the start of the FMLA leave. Breaks in employment do not affect this total. It is a cumulative total of the number of months the employee has been employed by the University.

The official parental leave entitlement period may begin two weeks before the expected date of the child’s birth, but must occur prior to the child’s first birthday, when parental leave entitlement ends. The employee may choose to use paid leave, unpaid leave, or a combination of paid and unpaid leave. With departmental approval, the employee may work a reduced work schedule. However, the total time of parental leave of absence cannot exceed six months from the first day of absence.

UF Paid Parental Leave

On December 10, 2010, the Board of Trustees approved changes to the UF Regulations to include a paid parental leave program.

Faculty, TEAMS and USPS employees in leave-accruing positions may request up to 6 weeks of advanced sick or vacation leave for the birth or adoption of a child or the initial placement of a child in the foster care of the employee. Employees may also use their personal accrued leave, unpaid leave, or a combination of paid and unpaid leave, so long as the total parental leave period, including the paid parental leave program, does not exceed a total of six (6) calendar months from the first date leave is used. If being used for foster care, the paid parental leave must be used within the FMLA entitlement period of twelve (12) workweeks.

The paid parental leave is also subject to the provisions of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and will count against the FMLA leave entitlement of twelve (12) workweeks during the UF fiscal year.

The employee will be required to repay the leave hours advanced within a three (3) year period from the first date the leave is used. Faculty covered by the collective bargaining unit agreement may take up to six (6) years to repay the leave hours advanced to them as part of this program.

Upon separation of employment with the university, the hours used for paid parental leave, excluding any hours that were taken as accrued personal leave, will be deducted from the total balance of accrued sick and/or vacation leave or other payment owed by the University, prior to any payment being made. If the paid parental leave taken exceeds the available balance of unused leave at the time of separation, the employee will be required to repay the cost of the difference of the hours that have not been repaid.

For more information and procedure to apply, see the links listed below.