Postdoctoral appointees who bear a child or adopt a child under the age of six or whose spouse or civil union partner bears a child or adopts a child under the age of six during the term of their appointment may be granted up to eight weeks of paid parental leave. To qualify for this leave the appointee must be a primary caregiver throughout the period of the leave: caring for the child during normal working hours, while the other parent, if any, is employed at least half time. The Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) provides eligible employees with up to 12 work weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave within a 12-month period, and requires health benefits to be maintained during the leave. FMLA is a federal law; Connecticut state FMLA allows for 16 weeks of unpaid leave over a 24 month period. Both laws are applicable to eligible employees and run concurrently.
Unpaid leave may be granted under FMLA in the following circumstances: serious illness of the appointee; birth, adoption or foster care placement of a child; care of a seriously ill child, stepchild, spouse, parent, parent-in-law or civil union partner. Requests for these and exceptional leave arrangements should discussed with the postdoctoral appointee’s faculty mentor and department.
In the event that an appointee’s funding source specifies leave provisions that differ from those stated above, the terms of the funding source shall apply, and where necessary, the leave request shall also be sent to the funding Agency.