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Paid Parental Leave Frequently Asked Questions

What is Paid Parental Leave?

A period of paid leave of absence for the purpose of recovery from the birth of a child; and/or, to bond with a newborn or a newly-adopted child under the age of 18.

How much Paid Parental Leave is being offered by the University?

Eligible staff employees may receive up to six weeks of Paid Parental Leave. 

When does the new Paid Parental Leave policy go into effect?

The new Paid Parental Leave is available to eligible staff employees for births and adoptions that take place on or after the policy’s effective date of July 1, 2017.

Who is an Eligible Employee?

A staff employee who is appointed at 30 hours or more per week in a benefits-eligible position at Indiana University, and who has been continuously employed in a 30 hours or more per week benefits eligible staff or faculty position for at least one year prior to the birth or adoption of a child.

If both parents work at the University, how does Paid Parental Leave work?

If each parent is an eligible staff employee, they each may take up to six weeks of Paid Parental Leave.

When can an eligible staff employee begin Paid Parental Leave?

The Paid Parental Leave may begin after the birth or adoption of a child. 

Is there a limit to when the Paid Parental Leave can be taken following the birth or adoption of a child?

Yes, the Paid Parental Leave must be taken within six months of the birth or adoption. 

Can I take Paid Parental Leave on an intermittent or reduced schedule basis?

Yes, Paid Parental Leave may be taken on an intermittent or reduced schedule basis, with supervisory approval. 

Am I required to take FMLA concurrently with paid parental leave?

Yes, if you are eligible for FMLA the Paid Parental Leave will be taken concurrently with FMLA.

Is there a limitation on the number of Paid Parental Leaves I may take?

Yes, there is a limit of two Paid Parental Leaves taken by an eligible staff employee during the employee's career at the University.



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Page updated: April 2017
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