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June 7, 2016

Paid Parental Leave – A New Benefit

Emory University is excited to announce that university staff now have access to a new benefit, paid parental leave. The new Parental Leave Policy provides three weeks of paid leave to eligible fulltime university staff, post-doctoral fellows, and librarians who experience the birth or adoption of a child on June 1, 2016 or later. The policy does not apply to students (undergraduate, graduate or professional), medical house staff or faculty. Medical house staff and faculty have separate policies related to parental leave.

Paid parental leave allows both parents the time to bond with their new child while also providing them with a financial cushion during this very important time in their lives. If both parents are eligible staff employed by Emory University, each parent is eligible to receive paid parental leave.

The paid parental leave benefit is designed to supplement other benefits programs such as sick leave, vacation leave, employee-purchased short term disability and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Paid parental leave may be taken during the FMLA period, or any time within the first 12 months after the birth or adoption event; it does not extend or shorten the FMLA period.

To be eligible, regular staff employees must be scheduled to work at least 20 or more hours per workweek and must have worked for Emory University for twelve consecutive months immediately prior to a birth or adoption. Temporary employees are not eligible.

For more information about eligibility and how to use this new, family-friendly benefit, visit the paid parental leave webpage.