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UCPEA Leave Type: Paternity/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
  • Leave must begin immediately following adoption, placement of foster child or maternity/paternity leave
  • Leave may not be taken intermittently or on a reduced schedule
  • Continued eligibility for state contributions toward health insurance (directly billed as needed)

CT State Statute 5-248a

  • Eligible as a permanent employee as defined in CT State Statute 5-196(20)
  • Up to 24 weeks of unpaid leave within a two-year period  (leave must be for more than 5 days)
  • Leave must begin immediately following adoption or maternity/paternity leave
  • Cannot be taken intermittently or on a reduced schedule
  • May substitute accruals, such as vacation time
  • Continued eligibility for state contributions toward health insurance (directly billed as needed)

UCPEA Contract

  • Up to 6 months at half time in lieu of CT State Statute 5-248a (or 12 months with management approval)

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

How the Leave is Paid

Adoptive parents, parents taking custody of a child and fathers may use 5 sick days toward parental leave.  Following sick leave, remainder of leave is unpaid.  Following maternity leave, parental leave is unpaid.  Optional accruals of up to 30 days can be substituted for unpaid leave, including:

  • Vacation
  • Personal leave
  • Holidays worked
  • Compensatory time

 

How to Apply for Leave

Employees are required to apply for long-term leaves of absence through CORE-CT at the UCONN employee self-service portal located at http://ess.uconn.edu/.
 

Time Coding During the Leave
Time Coding instructions are provided to employees and their supervisors by the Leave Administrator.

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
Connecticut Statute
C.G.S. 5-248a
C.G.S. 5-196(20)
Statewide Family and Medical Leave Policy
UCPEA Contract Article 6 Vacation Leave
Article 8 Holidays
Article 9 Personal Leave
Article 11 Sick Leave
Article 12 Maternal and Parental Benefits
Article 15.4 Leaves Without Pay
Article 18 Compensatory Time

 

Human Resources Contact

Cindy Drost
Telephone: (860) 486-2432
Fax: (860) 486-0406