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AAUP 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 (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 (directly billed as needed)

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

How the Leave is Paid

Maternity leave can be paid or unpaid.  Each case is considered separately.

In lieu of unpaid maternity leave, Academic Assistants, Research Assistants and Research Associates can use their following paid time entitlements:

  • Personal Leave
  • Vacation
  • Holidays

Tenure Track Extension

Tenure-track faculty members with a qualified FMLA leave related to a serious personal illness or injury will receive an automatic one-year extension of the tenure clock, to a maximum of two extensions.


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.

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
University By-Laws Article XIV.L.4 Sick Leave for Members of the Professional Staff
Article XIV.C.4
AAUP Contract Article 13.7 Academic Assistants
Article 19.IV.I Family/Medical Leave
Article 24.2 Benefits (Research Assistants and Research Associates)
Article 26.1 Sick Leave for Temporary Employees


Human Resources Contact

Suzanne Rogoz
Telephone:  (860) 486-0398
Fax: (860) 486-0406