Allow compassionate transfer of leave for maternity leave

 Being home with your newborn is important for both mother and baby.  Although short-term disability benefits are available through the University they only cover a fraction of your salary and when you go without pay you have to pay out-of-pocket for all of your benefits creating a significant gap in compensation.  I believe the University should allow the compassionate transfer of leave to women without adequate vacation and sick accrual to support their maternity leave.

Notes

Instead of allowing compassionate transfer for leave, the UA implemented a paid parental leave benefit efftiveJuly 1, 2014. Benefits-eligible employees may now take up to six weeks of paid leave upon the birth or adoption of a child. (Update provided September 2014)

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Submitted by ortegan on
I agree with this suggestion, in addition, some employees who are going to lose their vacation hours would rather donate those hours to a new mom who is in need of receiving a paycheck. I think the University Community should support new mom's in this effort, especially when they are able to exercise their FMLA entitlement, but without getting paid, many of them are forced to return to work earlier than what they are entitled to.
Norma Ortega
Assistant Director, Residence Life Human Resources

Submitted by barrigan on
I would love to share vacation hours with co-workers who are taking maternity leave. I think that the option to donate time that will be lost anyway due to annual carry-over rules is a great idea. Individuals should be able to donate to a specific person or to a pool that individuals in need could ask to receive time from.

Submitted by bcromero on
Great idea, but perhaps there should be some discussion on benefits for fathers as well.

Submitted by krenkema on
As a post doctoral fellow about to go on maternity leave, I have struggled with how to AFFORD maternity leave. Compassionate transfer of leave would allow employees with very little sick/vacation time (like post docs) to enjoy spending critical time with their newborns without worrying about finances. In addition, I recently found out that Arizona State University offers employees 6 weeks of paid maternity/paternity leave (and has since 2006). ASU values the balance between career and family life. Frankly, it is disgraceful that the University of Arizona does not offer a matching policy. Something needs to be done! To see ASU's policy, please see: https://provost.asu.edu/academic_personnel/parental_leave
Kristin Renkema
Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Immunobiology

Submitted by rlennon on
Though this sounds very nice and it is difficult to leave a baby to return to work, one has time to plan. Illness and tragic family circumstances are a different story and I believe the purpose of compassionate leave.

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