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Child Care Leave
Understanding how child care leave is computed is an important part of planning for your new arrival. The postpartum period is considered a period of medical disability. The period of medical disability permits six calendar weeks of leave immediately following a regular delivery or adoption or eight calendar weeks immediately following a Caesarean birth. The period of medical disability, as well as the other information here, applies to both mothers and fathers.
You are also offered several protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), provided you meet certain eligibility requirements. FMLA protects your position during a guaranteed period of 60 duty days of leave after the birth or adoption of a child. FMLA also protects your health benefits while on leave. FMLA does not guarantee pay during the period of leave or dictate how you might be paid for time off. For more information about FMLA, click here.
'Child Care Leave 101' Webinar
"Determining Your Leave Dates for Maternity, Paternity, and Adoption"
Please note: Since the time this webinar aired, there has been a change to the way employees are paid when beginning their absence before a new child arrives. The first day of continuous absence (regardless of the leave category used) will start the official 60 duty day count. Therefore, if you use your personal or annual leave to prepare for the arrival of your child, you will be allowed to be paid for that time. Please keep this change in mind when viewing the webinar.
Frequently Asked Questions
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New Child Checklist
Before and After: A checklist of necessary actions to prepare for and welcome your new arrival