Paid parental leave can be used in conjunction with other existing leave programs.
Request for personalized leave scenarios that show how your time off and leave programs work together and to ensure you don't miss out on any benefits.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
You must be employed by the county for at least 12 months and have worked 1,250 hours during the 12 months prior to your leave.
If you don't qualify for FMLA, you are still eligible for a parental leave of absence up to 12 weeks due to childbirth or adoption.
Medical leave of absence
You are eligible for up to 180 days of medical leave of absence. Medical leave due to childbirth or adoption is limited to 12 weeks following the event.
Vacation and PTO
You can use vacation and PTO any time during your leave.
If you accrue sick leave, it can only be used during the first six weeks following birth. You may want to use sick leave before using paid parental leave.
If you are the employee giving birth and you have short-term disability insurance, you may use it for parental leave after exhausting all of your sick leave. Depending on your union contract, you may need to exhaust all other paid leave such as vacation and PTO or you may be able to keep up to 80 hours. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or check your union contract.
Consider applying for paid parental leave after your short-term disability benefits have ended so you don't cut your disability benefits short. File your claim after recording your last day of paid time in APEX.
Check your benefits summary in APEX to find out if you're enrolled in short-term disability and which benefit waiting period you elected.
Special leave without pay
Although SLWOP is unpaid leave, your PTO or vacation and sick leave and other benefits continue to accrue as if you are working.
Vacation-PTO donation program
Benefits from the vacation-PTO donation program can be used only when all your accrued paid leave time is exhausted such as sick, vacation, PTO, holidays, banked SLWOP, comp time, and paid parental leave.
If your disability is related to childbirth, you will normally be eligible to receive donations only through the six-week period following delivery unless your physician has documented your disability beyond this period. If you want to receive vacation-PTO donations, don’t apply for paid parental leave until after the six-week period following delivery.