Parental Leave

...State Classified Staff

Effective July 1, 2019


CSU recognizes the importance of providing new parents with time-off to bond with their children while also balancing their professional obligations. The Parental Leave program helps to create a work culture that supports employees through the process of welcoming a new child or children.

It is recommended to meet with your supervisor or department HR liaison to discuss your options for taking Parental Leave. Full program details can be found in the Human Resources Manual.

State Classified Staff
Who is eligible?

State Classified monthly salaried employees with an appointment of half-time (50%) or greater are eligible for Parental Leave. An employee is not an Eligible Employee during any period in which the employee is not in regular, paid employment status (for example when on leave without pay for purposes other than the birth or adoption of a child).

Who is a parent?
The child’s mother or father, or the spouse, domestic partner or civil union partner of either, at the time that the leave period commences.  An employee becomes a parent of a child for purposes of this policy at the time of the child’s birth or placement for adoption.
How much Parental Leave am I entitled to?
State Classified Parental Leave consists of three (3) work weeks of paid time off in addition to the employee’s accrued sick and annual leave (and any STD benefits to which the birth parent is entitled) to be used for the purpose of caring for and bonding with the child.
When can I take Parental Leave?
The three (3) work weeks of leave must be taken within the 12 months following the date of birth or adoption and the leave must be taken in one continuous block (not split into intermittent days). Parental Leave may not be used to meet the 30 day waiting period for STD.
How do I apply and what documentation do I need to complete?
An eligible employee should first meet with their HR liaison to notify them of the timing and duration of Leave. The HR liaison will complete the Parental Leave Application and submit it to HR for approval.
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