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Law School Faculty – Leave Type: Maternity

Definition

“Maternity leave” begins on the date of birth and continues during the medically certified period of disability, which is generally 6 weeks (or 8 weeks following a Cesarean birth).  Medically certified leaves prior to birth are not considered maternity (personal illness), nor is a non-medical leave following the period of disability (parental leave).

Job Protection and Benefit Continuation

Federal FMLA

  • Eligible after one year of employment and after working 1,250 hours or more in previous 12-months
  • Up to 12 weeks of leave during 12-month FMLA period
  • Continued eligibility for state contributions toward health insurance (directly billed as needed)

Pregnancy Discrimination Act

  • Pregnancy-related conditions cannot be singled out for special procedures to determine an employee’s ability to work.
  • Job must be held open for a pregnancy-related absence the same length of time jobs are held open for employees on sick or disability leave.

Connecticut General Statute 46a.60(a).7

  • Provides for a reasonable leave for disability resulting from pregnancy
  • Requires employers to allow employees to use pay accruals during the leave
  • Provides for reinstatement to original job or to an equivalent position following leave
  • Continued eligibility for state contributions toward health insurance

Note:  Leaves for employees with end date positions will not be extended beyond the end date.

How the Leave is Paid

Leave can be paid or unpaid.  Each case is considered separately.

Forms

Employee Request
Intent to Return to Work
Medical Certification (P-33A)
Request for Paid Medical Leave

Note:  After baby is born, must provide Leave Administrator with birth certificate.  If delivery is by Cesarean section, must provide Leave Administrator with medical certification reflecting Cesarean birth.

Policy References

Understanding Family and Medical Leave (A primer for Connecticut State Employees)
Federal Family and Medical Leave Act
Federal Family and Medical Leave Act in Spanish
U.S. Dept. of Labor Employee’s Guide to FMLA
Pregnancy Discrimination Act
Connecticut Statute
C.G.S. 46a.60(a).7
Statewide Family and Medical Leave Policy
University Policy Benefits for Managerial and Confidential Exempt and Non-Represented Faculty

 

Human Resources Contact

Susan Matthews
Telephone: (860) 486-0411
Fax: (860) 486-0406