Child Entering Home
The University of Iowa provides time away from work for pre-natal needs, recovery from child birth, placement of a foster child or adoption, as well as bonding time following the child’s birth/placement to your home. Your eligibility for absence away will depend upon your classification your available leave accruals and your eligibility for FMLA. Please notify your HR Representative who can provide more detailed information or access the Parental Leave Course in ICON.
Sick leave can be used for pre-natal appointments for a birth mother, as well as the medical recovery portion of leave following birth, typically six weeks. Additionally, sick leave may be used by the partner/spouse when caring for the mother during these events, as family caregiving leave. The Operations Manual provides information regarding sick leave use for parental leave, and you can access information regarding the use of Family Caregiving Leave. You can access your rate of accrual and balance here (personal tab/time reporting/vacation/sick leave report).
In certain circumstances, vacation may be used for absence, in lieu of sick leave, for foster care placement activities, as well as for bonding leave for both parents, in accordance with the Operations Manual policy regarding its use. Vacation must be requested and approved in advance in most situations, so please communicate with your supervisor and/or HR Representative. You can access your rate of accrual and balance here.
Up to 40 hours of sick leave may be utilized for adoption leave, immediately following placement in the home, and in accordance with the Operations Manual policy. Please speak with your HR representative for more details.
The Family Medical Leave Act is a federal law that provides eligible employees up to 12 weeks of leave each calendar year. This leave is unpaid, but is used in conjunction with your sick leave and vacation accruals to provide pay during approved absence. FMLA is available both for medical recovery from birth, as well as additional time to bond with a child following birth or entry into the home. Attached is a link to basic information regarding FMLA and its approved use or you may view the FMLA Toolbox. Your department HR representative must approve FMLA absence.
- You have a right to take time away from work for pre-natal needs, as well as birth of a child.
- You have a right to utilize available paid leave accruals for circumstances
covered by university policy.
- You are responsible for communicating your absence needs to your supervisor/Human Resources in advance whenever possible.
- In certain circumstances medical documentation may be required, such as
extended medical absence for pregnancy or birth.
Page last updated December 2012