Pregnancy & Parental Leave

On this page, you will find information about medical leaves related to pregnancy and parental responsibilities. There are two types of leaves in this category:

  1. Pregnancy Disability
    1. Leave (a form of serious health condition leave) taken by a female employee for an incapacity related to pregnancy or childbirth, occurring before or after the birth of the child, or for prenatal care
  2. Parental Leave
    1. Leave needed during the year following the birth of a child or adoption or foster placement of a child under 18, or a child 18 or older if incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability. Parental leave includes leave to effectuate the legal process required for foster placement or adoption.

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Pregnancy Disability Leave (FMLA and OFLA)

How much leave can I take?

  • Birth mothers who are medically required to be off work due to their pregnancy and/or postpartum recovery qualify for pregnancy disability leave. The length of the disability period is determined by medical certification (FMLA/OFLA Certification of Health Care Provider for Employee's Serious Health Condition). Typically, length of leave includes 6 weeks postpartum for vaginal delivery and 8 weeks postpartum for c-section delivery.

Will I be paid during this time?

  • You will receive pay for if you have accrued paid leave (sick, vacation, personal).
  • Classified and Unclassified staff must use sick leave prior to the use of other forms of PSU-provided paid leave.
    • Unclassified staff can hold all other leave.
    • Classified staff are required to use any available accrued leave with the exceptions of 40 hours of vacation leave.
  • If an employee has enrolled in third-party short-term disability, they are eligible to use in conjunction with other forms of paid leave. For instructions on how to initiate a short-term disability claim, refer to this checklist or reach out to leaves@pdx.edu.

How do I apply for FMLA/OFLA Maternity leave?

When should I make an appointment to see the leaves manager?

  • At least a month before the expected leave.

Parental Leave (OFLA)

How much leave can I take?

  • 12 weeks.
  • Can be consecutive or intermittent.
  • Must be used within a year of child’s birth.

Who can take parental leave?

  • Birth parents, adoptive parents, and foster parents.

Will I be paid during this time?

  • You will receive pay if you have accrued paid leave (sick, vacation, personal).
  • Classified and Unclassified staff must use sick leave during a protected leave.
  • Unclassified staff can hold all other leave.
  • Classified staff are required to use any available accrued leave with the exceptions of 40 hours of sick leave.

How do I apply for FMLA/OFLA Parental leave?

When should I make an appointment to see the leaves manager?

  • At least one-month before the expected leave.

 

If you still have questions please contact leaves@pdx.edu