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New Pilot Parental Leave Program available to employees


Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Golding sent the following email to faculty and staff on Wednesday:



Dear Colleagues:
 
We are pleased to announce that the implementation phase of the Pilot Parental Leave Program has been completed. Applications are now being accepted for participation in the program. Application information, guidelines, FAQs, and other resources can be found on the Pilot Parental Leave Program website.
 
The Pilot Parental Leave Program allows benefits-eligible faculty, administrators, and non-bargaining unit classified staff to take advantage of a total of 12 weeks of parental leave for a single event birth or adoption (single or multiple children). The university will pay for six weeks of parental leave at the employee's current salary rate. The other six weeks will be unpaid but can be covered by accrued vacation time and/or sick leave, if available and appropriate according to Ohio University guidelines.

The Pilot Parental Leave Program will run from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014. After the program has been in place for 18 months, the university will review information about usage, costs, and its effectiveness in recruiting and retaining employees. Once the review is completed a determination will be made about the future of the program.
 
We want to thank the members of the Pilot Parental Leave Task Force for their efforts in putting together an implementation plan. Betty Sindelar chaired the task force, which included Ralph DiCaprio, Greg Fialko, Shane Gilkey, Heather Krugman, Linda Lonsinger, Chad Mitchell, Chris Moberg, Mark Riley, and Eleni Zulia.


Sincerely,
 
Pam Benoit
Executive Vice President and Provost
 
Stephen Golding
Vice President for Finance and Administration