Staff Parental Leave Common Questions

Why was this policy developed?

The policy was developed as a result of staff and SAC feedback, and in keeping with our Jesuit mission, Saint Louis University recognizes that employees may need to balance work obligations while expanding and caring for families.

Who is affected by the policy?

This policy applies to all regular full-time staff at Saint Louis University, except for employees in a collective bargaining unit, employees of the Madrid campus or house staff residents.

What is my responsibility as a supervisor?

Supervisors and time approvers will be responsible to make sure that staff who are utilizing the benefit track their time appropriately. We will be adding a line titled "FMLA-parental leave" on biweekly timesheets and monthly leave reports for time tracking purposes.

How does the policy work if I have a baby in January or February of 2018?

If you are scheduled to have a baby in January or February, please contact the Leave and Accommodations Consultant via email at fmla@slu.edu.

How does the policy work if both parents are staff members at Saint Louis University?

When both parents are employed at the University, both parents will combine their paid parental leaves not to exceed six (6) weeks per child.

Is there a timeframe in which I must use the paid parental leave?

Eligible staff members must use the paid parental leave within the child's first year of life or in the case of an adoption, the first year of the child's placement. If the staff member does not take the full paid parental leave time allowed, the remaining time off will be forfeited. Unused paid parental leave does not roll over and is not paid out upon separation from SLU. In the event that the parental leave request is not covered by FMLA, the request must be pre-approved by the staff member's supervisor.

How does the policy work if I have less than one (1) year of service?

The policy is only applicable to staff with at least one year of continuous service at the time of the child's birth or adoption placement.

How does the policy work if I have at least one year of service but less than two years of service?

Staff members who have completed one year of continuous full-time service can take up to three (3) weeks of paid parental leave during the child's first year of life. The child must be born on or after the staff member's one year anniversary date.


How does the policy work if I have two (2) or more years of service?

Staff members who have completed two (2) or more years of continuous full-time service can take up to six (6) weeks of paid parental leave during the child's first year of life. The child must be born on or after the staff member's two-year anniversary date.

How does the policy work if I adopt a child?

Staff members who are adopting a child (regardless of the child's age) and who have completed at least one (1) year of continuous full-time service can take up to six (6) weeks of paid parental leave during the first year of the child's placement. This policy does not apply to the adoption of a spouse or partner's children.