Parental Leave

is an FMLA leave of absence for employees who become parents of newly born, adopted or fostered child(ren); or who request leave to care for their newborn child. An eligible employee is entitled to a total of 12 workweeks of FMLA leave during a 12 month period. Parental leave must conclude within 12 months of the birth or placement. After exhausting FMLA leave entitlement, an employee may be eligible for a parental leave of absence for birth or adoption for up to six months, as provided in CS Regulations or the applicable collective bargaining agreement. Sick leave may not be used to substitute unpaid Parental Leave for paid leave. Parental leave taken under the FMLA may count against other parental leave entitlements.

Use Parental Leave...

for the birth and care of a newborn child of an employee; or for the placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care;
After FMLA is exhausted, to request leave for the birth or adoption of a child in accordance with Civil Service Regulations or Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs). Some CBA's requires parental leave commence within a certain timeframe. See Civil Service Regulation 2.03 or the applicable CBA for specific entitlements and requirements.

How Do I Request a Parental Leave?