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UCPEA Leave Type: Maternity



“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

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

Paid up to 30 workdays (40 workdays if Cesarean birth). Time will be subtracted from sick leave entitlement to the extent it exists, including “as if” accrued time and previously earned banked sick leave. Note: medically certified time off prior to the birth and after the 30-day maternity period (or 40-day maternity period for Cesarean birth) will be paid in accordance with personal illness guidelines.

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


Medical Certification (P-33A)

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.


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
Federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act
Connecticut General Statutes §§ 46a-60(a), (b)(7), (d)(1) – Pregnancy Discrimination and Accommodation in the Workplace
Statewide Family and Medical Leave Policy
UCPEA Contract Article 11 Sick Leave
Article 12 Maternal and Parental Benefits


Human Resources Contact

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