BYU is now offering to full-time, benefited staff and administrative employees six weeks of paid medical maternity leave, as well as one week of paid parental leave. This policy is retroactive to April 18, 2017.
Paid Medical Maternity Leave
Full-time, benefited employees who give birth will be eligible for six weeks of paid medical maternity leave to recover from childbirth.
Paid Parental Leave
Full-time, benefited employees are eligible for one week of paid parental leave. A mother who gives birth may take parental leave in addition to medical maternity leave.
These two new benefits provide parents with paid time off for this important life event.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I have to have been an employee for a certain period of time to qualify for this benefit?
No, all full-time, benefited employees are eligible at hire.
2. If I had a baby between April 18, 2017, and now, do I qualify to take any leave?
Those who were eligible for medical maternity or parental leave on or after April 18, 2017, and who took vacation or sick leave and are still employed by BYU may have their accruals reinstated. Please contact Sue DeMartini for more information.
3. Can I take both medical maternity and parental leave?
Yes, women who give birth can take both medical maternity and parental leave.
- Medical maternity leave begins with birth and covers the next six consecutive weeks.
- Mothers may take parental leave anytime within three months following the birth including beginning the seventh week after giving birth. (Fathers can take one week of parental leave anytime within three months following the birth).
4. What if I want to take more time off?
Instructions on how to use your vacation leave in conjunction with Medical Maternity or Parental leave can be found at https://hrs.byu.edu/medical-maternity-parental-leave. Unpaid FMLA protected leave may also be available and you can find additional information regarding Family Medical Leave at https://hrs.byu.edu/family-medical-leave.
5. Is paid parental leave available for guardianship, fostering, grandchildren or custody?
No, it is only available for birth or adoption.
6. Does this policy apply to BYU Faculty?
No, the existing faculty leave policy continues to apply.