The University of
February 1, 2002
this year we were asked by our constituency groups to explore the feasibility of
increasing the amount of leave available under adoptive leave.
While addressing this request, Laura Reed and you raised the issue of
parental leave for the spouse/partner of a biological mother and asked us to
address parental leave while looking at adoptive leave.
While we do
endorse the future development of a parental leave policy for a spouse/partner
of a biological mother, given the current financial constraints of the
University we are not recommending the development of parental leave at this
time. From the data we reviewed
July 2000 through June 2001, the cost of providing parental leave during that
timeframe could have approximated $280,000.
We are recommending the following.
Reference the Family Medical Leave Act in the Parental Leave Policy
section of the
Manual. See Human Resources, 22.8
(2) Continue to offer seminars that inform eligible spouse/partners of the availability of emergency leave and leave under the Family Medical Leave Act.