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Parental Leave

Parental leave grants eligible employees up to two weeks of paid leave following the birth of a child, or upon the initial placement or legal adoption of a child under age 18.

Parental leave is automatically counted toward the 12-week family and medical leave entitlement for eligible employees.

Specific information on the following topics can be found below:

Length of Leave
Benefits Continuation

Please also see information regarding Nursing Mothers in the Workplace.


Employees who have completed six months of continuous employment and are in the following employee groups are eligible for parental leave.

  • Academic staff members.
  • Civil service employees in a trainee, apprentice, learner, or status appointment or in a provisional appointment intended to be permanent.


Employees requesting parental leave should seek approval from their appropriate supervisor.

Length of Leave

Eligible employees are granted up to two weeks of leave with pay for parental leave. Parental leave is limited to one leave per twelve-month academic appointment year. For eligible employees, parental leave taken will count toward the 12-week FMLA entitlement.

Parental leave following the birth of a child must be taken in full immediately after the birth or immediately following the child's release from a health care facility to the home.

Parental leave for an adopted child may be taken in full either at the time of initial placement or at the time of legal adoption.

Leave cannot be taken on an intermittent schedule, or on a reduced leave schedule for a period lasting longer than two weeks.

Benefits Continuation

While on parental leave, employees continue to receive the same State and University benefits as when actively working. All State-paid contributions continue.


Eligible employees receive their regular rate of pay while on parental leave. Employees who resign employment before or at the expiration of the parental leave normally shall be required to reimburse the University for the cost of wages paid during the leave.


Select from the appropriate campus and/or employee group for specific policy information. Although registered same-sex domestic partners are not directly referenced in the policies, many of these benefits are extended to an employee's registered same-sex domestic partner. Please visit the Domestic Partner page for further details on domestic partner benefits.

University Policies
Clarification Memo re: Sick Leave, Funeral/Bereavement Leave, and Parental Leave

Policy and Rules for Civil Service Staff
Rule 11.15 - Parental Leave
Rule 11.07 - Family and Medical Leave

Campus Policies
Urbana: Parental Leave
Chicago: Parental Leave
Springfield: Contact the campus Human Resources Office.

Maintained by University Human Resources | Contact Information | Last Update: 04-August-2014 | ID: 1343