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Forest and Wildlife Ecology - Department Policies - Post-doctoral Researcher Parental Leave

Departmental parental leave benefit for postdoctoral researchers and research interns

****This policy is under review and may not be allowed by UW-System. Please check with the Department Chair.****

To address the gap in parental leave coverage for "postdocs" (postdoctoral researchers and research interns who do not already receive sick leave), we adopted the following two policies:
  1. Provide 6 weeks of job-protected unpaid parental leave following a birth, adoption, or foster placement. Postdocs here includes Research Associates, Research Interns, and Post-doc fellows and/or trainees.
  2. Provide 6 weeks of paid parental leave following with birth, adoption, or foster placement. Mothers who have a Caesarean section would receive 8 weeks of paid parental leave instead of 6 weeks. This would allow the postdoc to stop receiving grant funding and receive Department funding for 6 weeks. The paid leave benefit is limited to once per 12-month period.
For example, a new parent might take 6 weeks paid leave followed by 6 weeks unpaid leave.

More detailed information about these benefits: Parental leaves for foster placement are restricted to children under 6 years old or not in school full-time. If both parents are postdoctoral researchers they could both receive the benefit. Paid leave benefits would need to be used within 6 months of the birth. Benefits could be used on a part-time basis at the discretion of the research advisor. Longer leaves are at the discretion of the research advisor.

Postdoctoral researchers anticipating a birth, adoption, or foster placement are encouraged to confer with the Department Chair and their research advisor as early as possible, to ensure that the necessary accommodations may be made in advance.

  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 provides protection for pregnant students and postdocs who often do not qualify for FMLA protection, but this policy would go beyond this and make it explicit.
  • CHAIR's note on funding: Build a balance to handle 2 postdoc parental leaves. Estimate $7,200 for six weeks of postdoc support, including salary and fringe benefits.

Key contact and responsible party: F&W Ecology Chair and Executive Committee

Process for updating or changing policy: Any formal policy would require action by the Department's executive committee.

History of changes: Original policy was adopted in February 2019. April 2019 -- question about allowable nature of the policy, seeking clarification.


If you have questions, contact the F&W Ecology Chair.

Keywords:russell lab hub administration, policy, forest & wildlife ecology, post-doc, parental leave   Doc ID:90912
Owner:Mark R.Group:Russell Labs Hub
Created:2019-04-09 12:01 CDTUpdated:2019-04-18 15:18 CDT
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