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.
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)