Introduced April 1, 2017, Baylor University’s Parental Leave Policy gives parents time and flexibility to bond with their new child(ren) and to foster work-life balance that is vital to families’ capacity to flourish. Informed by Baylor’s Christian commitment to cultivate a caring community, this policy enhances a robust benefits package for Baylor staff.
This benefit is available to all full-time benefit eligible staff members immediately upon their employment with Baylor University.
Up to four (4) weeks (160 hours) of Paid Parental Leave for full-time benefits eligible staff. Paid Parental Leave will be available following a Qualifying Event, (birth, placement of child for adoption, placement of child for foster care), and must be used within 12 weeks of the Qualifying Event. Paid Parental Leave will be available one time within a rolling 12 month period, which commences on the date of the Qualifying Event.
To apply for Paid Parental leave:
If you have applied for FMLA, the documentation provided will be used to verify eligibility, otherwise, the following will be required.
To validate an absence, appropriate documentation may be required at any time if requested by the supervisor, department head, Human Resources, or Payroll.
Full time benefits eligible staff members are eligible for the Paid Parental Leave benefit.
Eligible employees are able to request Paid Parental Leave immediately upon employment.
The purpose of Paid Parental Leave is to allow for bonding time following childbirth or initial placement of a child for adoption or foster care.
Paid Parental Leave is for qualifying events that occurred on or after April 1, 2017.
Paid Parental Leave must be taken within 12 weeks following a qualifying event, (birth, finalized adoption, placement of child for foster care).
Paid Parental Leave can be taken all at once or intermittently.
A completed and signed Request for Paid Parental Leave form and other required documentation should be submitted to Human Resources.
You will remain on full pay status while on Paid Parental Leave.
For bi-weekly staff, Paid Parental Leave is tracked on the Web Time Card and is maintained by the Payroll Office. Tracking for monthly staff shall be maintained by the employee's department. Click Monthly Absence Record to see the leave tracking form.
If an official University holiday occurs during the Eligible Employee’s Paid Parental Leave, the Eligible Employee will receive holiday pay in lieu of paid parental leave, provided the Eligible Employee is in pay status the day before and the day after the official University holiday.
Both you and your spouse will each be given 4 weeks (160 hours) of Paid Parental Leave individually.
Paid Parental Leave will run concurrently with FMLA, therefore, it will not extend FMLA leave.
Paid Parental Leave may not be donated to other employees at Baylor.
For questions, please call Human Resources at 710-2000 or email HR at askHR@baylor.edu.
Adoptions of your spouse’s children are not eligible for this benefit.