Update to Parental Leave for Postdocs, Graduate RAs/TAs

Postdoctoral scholars, graduate research assistants, and graduate teaching assistants who have completed at least one academic year of service are eligible for up to six weeks of paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child. If both parents are postdoctoral scholars or graduate students with a .50 FTE RA/TA appointment, effective immediately, both eligible parents may receive the accommodation. Previously only one eligible parent was able to receive paid parental leave.

For RAs/TAs on sponsored projects please verify that the award does not prohibit charging salary to the project during the time that the person is on leave. If a position is supported by multiple accounts, this distribution should be consistent before, during, and after leave.

Please also work with the principal investigator to discuss the impact on the budget, progress of the project, and how resources will be managed to continue the work of the project. Budget revisions may be required to absorb additional personnel costs if they are needed during the leave period.