Parental Leave (30.026)


This policy provides paid time off for eligible employees to care for a newly born infant or adopted child. 

Policy Statement 

Brown University provides eligible employees up to 6 weeks of paid time off to care for a newly born infant or adopted child. Staff who currently work at least 975 hours per year and who have worked at least 975 hours per year for the previous four continuous years are eligible to take up to six weeks of parental leave at full pay. Seasonal/intermittent positions are excluded from coverage under this policy.

This benefit is available to biological and adoptive parents and is available as of the date of birth of the child or date of placement for adoption.  The benefit can be taken any time within the 12 week period after the date of birth or placement for adoption, but the weeks must be taken consecutively.  In the event that both parents work at Brown and meet the eligibility requirements, both are eligible for the benefit. 

Departmental Parental Leave Benefit Reimbursement. Departments may be reimbursed for the cost of hiring replacement staff, if needed, to cover the absent staff member's duties.

  • Reimbursement is for the actual cost of a replacement (salary plus the fringe benefit rate).
  • Reimbursement will not exceed the equivalent of six weeks of the staff member's base pay (cost of salary without the fringe benefit rate) and; restricted to work performed immediately following the date the child is born or adopted and while the employee is on leave due to the birth or adoption.
  • Reimbursement is only available to a department when the staff member on leave is eligible for Parental Leave Benefit.

Employee: Request leave of absence and parental leave Time Off in Workday

Department: Supervisor approves the leave and time off requests. If reimbursement will be sought for temporary replacement staff, the department is responsible for initiating that as well.

Benefits Office: Confirm parental leave eligibility and approve the leave. Approve reimbursement request if applicable. 


Parental Leave Benefit. The Parental Leave Benefit begins on the date of the birth of the child or date of placement for adoption of a child age 16 years or younger. Key elements of the procedures follow:

  • Employee should request a leave of absence in Workday and choose "FMLA" as the leave type.
  • Once the leave is approved in Workday, eligible employees will have a new Time Off option called "Parental Leave."
  • The Parental Leave Time Off should be entered into Workday the same way employees request sick or vacation days.
  • For a birth, a Physician's Statement must be received any time before or at least within 15 calendar days after the leave is processed.
  • For an adoption, proof of the placement for adoption must be received any time before or at least within 15 days after the leave is processed.

Parental Leave Benefit Reimbursement Form. Departments hiring replacement staff must complete and submit the Parental Leave Benefit Reimbursement Form to the Benefits Office within 30 days of the end of the employee’s leave in order to be reimbursed.  The Departmental Parental Leave Benefit Reimbursement is processed by the Benefits Office.

Policy Owner
Approved by 
Vice President for Human Resources

Jeff Jakulevicius
Benefits Compliance Analyst
University Human Resources

Revision Date:  Thu, 2018-06-14 13:32