Ohio University is a community that values family in many ways. I wholeheartedly support our new pilot parental leave program for faculty, administrators, and non-bargaining unit classified staff. We hope that the program will bolster our ability to retain and recruit talented employees and do so in a way that is meaningful and supportive. We want to assist our employees not only in their work but also in their lives and I am very proud of this bold and important step we are taking.
Ohio University created a two-year pilot parental leave program from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014. In October of 2014 it was announced that the Pilot Program would be extended until December 31, 2015. In November 2015 the Pilot Program was extended an additional six months to June 30, 2016. The university will review information about usage, costs, and its effectiveness in recruiting and retaining employees. After the review is conducted a determination will be made about the future of the program.
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.
If both parents are benefits-eligible faculty, administrators, or non-bargaining unit classified employees of Ohio University each can use this benefit. The leave time, in this instance only, can run concurrently or consecutively but it is not transferable from one parent to another.
Directions for initiating participation in the Pilot Parental Leave Program are available here.
A set of Frequently Asked Questions is available here.
Units seeking resources to help defray the costs of covering employee duties during parental leave should complete a replacement cost application, which is available here.
Please note that the pilot program does not cover students (undergraduate and graduate). However, resources exist to help student through an adoption or birth. A list of resources is available here.