Parental Leave

Parental Leave

Johns Hopkins University is committed to helping faculty and staff members balance work life and family responsibilities through various family leave policies. For births or adoptions of children under age 12 occurring on or after July 1, 2017, the Parental Leave Policy will provide faculty and staff with paid time off for activities related to the care and well-being of their newborn or newly adopted child. There is a look back period to June 1, 2017, for Parental Leave benefits only. If you gave birth or your adopted child was placed between June 1 and June 30, you are eligible for Parental Leave benefits.

Eligibility

Full-time and part-time faculty, visiting faculty, staff and bargaining unit employees who have been employed in an eligible status with continuous service for at least one year are eligible for Parental Leave. Limited and casual faculty and staff are not eligible.

Graduate students and postdoctoral trainees are not covered under this policy, and should consult the New Child Accommodations for Full-Time Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Trainees Policy for information on family leave benefits.

About the Program

Parents who meet the eligibility requirement for faculty, staff or bargaining unit are entitled to four weeks of fully paid Parental Leave. Parental Leave covers birth mothers, fathers, same-sex spouses/partners, adoptive parents of children under age 12 and parents of children born via surrogate. This leave can be can be taken in consecutive blocks of time or intermittently (in full-day increments only) within the first 12 months after the birth of a child or placement of an adopted child, based on a schedule that is prearranged with your supervisor. For eligible birth mothers, Parental Leave will begin after Birth Recovery Leave has been exhausted. Parental Leave will run concurrently with the 12-weeks of job protection under FML, if still available to the employee.

View the Family Leave for New Parents Policy for more information.

How to Request

As a birth mother, father, same-sex spouse/partner, adoptive parent or surrogate parent, here are the steps to apply for this leave:

  1. Complete the Family Leave for New Parents Request Form.
  2. You will receive a packet of information from Central HR to gather information concerning your eligibility for FML.
  3. You will be notified by Central HR of your eligibility for FML.
  4. Discuss with your supervisor and agree to a plan for taking continuous or intermittent leave.