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Parental Leave

All benefit-eligible employees with at least one year of service may receive paid parental leave benefits.

The University is committed to supporting employees with supplemental parental leave for eligible employees who temporarily relinquish their duties following childbirth, adoption, or the state placement of a foster child in their home. This policy is designed to provide a reasonable and fair period of paid leave.

How to apply:

  1. Review your leave policy: 
  2. Fill out the Parental and Medical Leave Form. Return the form to HR.
  3. Respond:
    • HR will send you FMLA paperwork.
    • Complete the paperwork and have your/your spouse or partner’s doctor complete their part at your next medical appointment.
    • Return paperwork to HR as soon as possible.
    • Expectant mothers should contact Cigna at 1-800-362-4462 to apply for Short-Term Disability.

    Please note:
    • Expectant mothers must file for FMLA and Short-Term Disability
    • Mothers who are adopting or fostering, fathers or partners must file for FMLA
    • Paid parental leave is taken concurrently with FMLA leave (i.e. the 8 weeks of parental leave and 12 weeks of FMLA begin at the same time and run concurrently for a total of 12 weeks).
  4. Further leave (Staff ONLY): If you require leave beyond parental leave, you may use sick time if your caregiver certifies the need or vacation time.
    • Cigna will let HR know when expectant mothers have been approved for short term disability/parental leave
    • Mothers who are adopting or fostering, fathers or partners must notify HR when they start their parental leave
  5. Complete your leave report/time sheet correctly and on time.
  6. Medical Coverage: To add your child to your medical coverage, follow the instructions here.

Questions About Benefits?

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