A new parental leave policy for academic employees at the Urbana-Champaign campus was approved by the UI Board of Trustees at its Oct. 9 meeting in Urbana.
The policy provides the same parental leave policy provided to civil service employees on the campus. In summer 1997, those civil service employees became eligible for a new parental leave policy in effect for other state of Illinois civil service employees.
Under the new policy, academic employees at the Urbana-Champaign campus will be provided with up to two weeks of paid leave immediately following the birth of a child or upon the initial placement or legal adoption of a child under 18 years of age.
Parental leave taken under this policy automatically will be counted toward the 12-week entitlement afforded by the Federal Family and Medical Leave Policy for eligible employees. An employee must have completed six months of continuous employment to be eligible for parental leave and may only take one leave per academic appointment year.
The new policy took effect immediately upon its approval by the board.
Further board action is not required to extend this benefit to graduate assistants, who have been accorded time away from duties without loss of pay following the birth or adoption of a child, said Larry Faulkner, the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
Administrators at the Urbana-Champaign campus are developing a formal parental leave policy for graduate assistants on that campus, he said.
In the interim, the new parental leave policy for academic employees will apply to graduate assistants, as well.