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Staff Parental Leave

Eight weeks of paid parental leave are allowed for the mother, father, same-sex domestic partner, adoptive parent, or foster parent to care for and bond with a newborn, newly adopted, or newly-placed foster child, within 12 months of the birth, adoption, or state placement of a child. The eight weeks of paid parental leave include any holidays during that time, with the exception of the University's winter break.

This leave is available to full-time staff with at least one year of full-time service at the University.

  • Paid parental leave should generally commence following the birth, adoption, or placement of a child, but in some instances, may occur prior to the event when deemed medically necessary or when it is requisite to fulfill the legal requirements for an adoption, provided all eligibility requirements are met. Employees may be asked to provide a birth certificate, adoption agreement, or court papers. Paid parental leave must be the first leave used for the birth, adoption, or placement of a child.
  • Paid parental leave will run concurrently with Family and Medical Leave Act leave. If the amount of FMLA leave available is less than the amount of paid parental leave to be taken, paid parental leave will still be granted as specified in this policy, without regard to the existence of the individual's available FMLA leave.
  • Paid parental leave must be used consecutively.
  • Paid parental leave shall be exhausted prior to the use of vacation or sick leave when such leave is requested for the purpose of a birth or adoption event. (Sick leave may only be used after parental leave if a doctor has certified that an employee may not return to work due to medical reasons).
  • Paid parental leave shall be exhausted prior to the use of unpaid leave.
  • One paid parental leave benefit is available per employee, per birth, adoption, or placement event. The number of children involved does not increase the length of paid parental leave granted for that event.
  • Should both parents be University employees, the maximum paid parental leave available to the couple is eight weeks.
  • While on parental leave the employee may not work secondary jobs at the University.
  • If an employee does not return to work after parental leave and give proper advance notice (two weeks) they may be responsible for reimbursing the University full payment for compensation paid while on leave. 

(Page last updated: 9/9/2016)

Questions About Benefits?

Contact Human Resources at (804) 289-URHR (8747) or email URHR@richmond.edu.