Purdue Trustees approve new parental leave policy

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Purdue University board of trustees, meeting at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, on Friday (Sept. 26) approved a proposal to add a parental leave benefit for employees.

The new parental leave policy allows both male and female faculty, staff and graduate staff to take paid time off for a birth or adoption, effective Oct. 1.

“Flexibility and family-friendly policies are becoming more essential as the work force continues to change,” Purdue President France A. Córdova said. “Adopting policies such as paid parental leave will be critical for Purdue if it is to continue on its path to preeminence and our goal of balancing the demands of work life and family life. This also will help Purdue be competitive in the hiring of the brightest and the best faculty and staff.”

The policy provides up to six weeks paid leave for the birth mother and up to three weeks for the father of the child, the same-sex domestic partner of the birth mother, the same-sex domestic partner of the birth father, an adoptive mother or father, or the same-sex domestic partner of an adoptive mother or father.

To be eligible for paid parental leave, employees must have worked at the university for at least one continuous year at half-time or more. The policy applies to those giving birth and/or adopting children on or after Oct. 1.

If both parents are eligible, they may choose to combine the total of their leave and allocate the total between them. The maximum paid parental leave for one employee is six weeks.

Parental leave may not be used for eldercare, to care for a sick child, or to attend child-related activities or events such as parent-teacher conferences and sporting events.

The cost of the benefit will be distributed and managed within existing departmental budgets.

“Creating this benefit will help to enrich the quality of life on campus, which is an integral part of our new strategic plan,” said Morgan R. Olsen, executive vice president and treasurer. “The paid parental leave policy will give parents additional flexibility and time to bond with their new child, adjust to their new family situation and balance their professional obligations.”

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