Printed on: 09/21/2019. Please go to http://policy.umn.edu for the most current version of the Policy or related document.
University of Minnisota  FAQ

Parental Leave for Employees

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How does parental leave interact with other employee leaves, e.g. medical or sick leave, FMLA, etc.?

    An employee can take six weeks parental leave, without interruption, within 13 weeks of the event. Parental leave runs concurrently with FMLA, but will not be charged against other paid leaves, such as sick or medical leave. Other paid leaves may be taken prior to or after parental leave, and employees should refer to the appropriate administrative policy, governing rules or contract to determine their eligibility and the rules for taking these leaves.

  2. Would an employee be eligible for additional leave in the event of a caesarean section?

    An employee who undergoes a caesarean section would likely qualify for additional time under the applicable medical leave of sick leave for physical recovery. Refer to the applicable bargaining unit contract, governing rules, or to  Administrative Policy: Paid Medical Leave and Disability Benefits for Faculty and Academic Professional and Administrative Professional and Administrative Employees for provisions.

  3. Is paid leave extended when a holiday occurs during parental leave?

    The parental leave policy language refers to weeks leave with pay, rather than work days leave with pay. Thus, no additional paid days are added when a holiday occurs.

  4. How are appointments during May or summer session and for extension classes counted towards eligibility?

    May or summer session appointments will be counted at the percentage time for the dates shown on the employee’s appointment or, if pay is hourly, on the actual hours paid. Appointments in extension classes paid on a credit hour basis will be counted as 30 hours per term for each credit taught. Noncredit courses will be counted on the basis of ten contact hours in the classroom per credit. Short-term conferences, seminars, workshops, or independent study activities are not counted.

  5. Are egg or sperm donors covered by this policy?

    No, unless the donor is also an intended parent of the child.

  6. Are foster parents covered by this policy?

    No, foster parents as defined by this policy and undergoing a foster care placement are not covered. If a foster parent chooses to adopt, the adoption event is covered under this policy.

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