What do I need to know about taking time for pregnancy, childbirth, and/or childcare?
Permanent employees who are disabled because of pregnancy or childbirth are eligible for the same disability benefits available to other employees who incur a temporary disability. Temporary employees are eligible for all benefits, except sick leave at half pay, until employment would otherwise terminate. Normally, sick leave and other disability benefits are available for use 4 weeks prior to the anticipated due date and 6 weeks following the actual delivery date. If your disability begins prior to this period or extends beyond it, you will need to provide specific medical documentation.
Employees, without regard to gender, are entitled to childcare leave without pay for up to 7 months from the date of delivery. The postnatal period of medical disability is included in this 7-month period. Once the medical disability period (as stated above) has ended, the employee may no longer charge sick leave; however, absence may be charged to other credits such as vacation and personal leave, at the employee’s option. Once these accruals are exhausted, employees are placed on leave without pay for the remainder of the 7 months. Of course, you need not request leave for the entire 7-month period if you wish to resume work earlier. If both parents are State employees, several options may exist for them. One parent may elect to take the childcare leave, they may elect to split the 7-month leave, or they may request concurrent leave, subject to agency discretion.