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In Support of Parents: Paid Parental Leave

Take time to welcome your new member to the family

Having or adopting a child is hard work—taking time off to support your new family member isn't. This past April, Indiana University announced a Paid Parental Leave policy for staff employees, further enhancing workplace flexibility. Working mothers and fathers at IU can benefit from up to six weeks (240 hours) of Paid Parental Leave twice in her or his IU career. 

Paid Parental Leave is paid at 100 percent of an employee’s base salary and it does not use any other paid leave you have already accrued. If you also meet the eligibility requirements of the Family and Medical Leave Act, parental leave will run concurrently with FMLA.

The Paid Parental Leave is available to eligible staff employees—regardless of their marital or relationship status—who are the birth mother, biological father, adoptive mother, or adoptive father of a newborn or a newly adopted child under the age of 18. If the adoption involves a child who is incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability, the age limit of 18 may be waived. Academic appointees should contact their campus Office of Academic Affairs for information on related leave policies.

Eligibility

To be eligible, staff employees must be in a non-temporary position of 30 hours or more per week and have been continuously employed in a benefits-eligible position for at least 12 months before the date of the birth or adoption of a child. If both parents are IU staff employees, each is entitled to take six weeks of paid leave. Staff employees can use their leave on a continuous or intermittent basis, though it must be completed within six months following the birth or adoption.

This new policy builds upon IU's existing commitment to families through other benefits such as Care.com, which provides access to emergency child care services and helps families find qualified, trustworthy child care providers.

Questions about Paid Parental Leave for staff employees? Check out the Paid Parental Leave policy and FAQ, or connect with Human Resources by using askHR: or (812) 856-1234.

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