Parental Leave

The UMD Policy on Staff Parental Leave and Other Family Supports is intended to support eligible staff in balancing professional and family demands during and after the addition of children to their family (by birth, adoption, foster parenting, and/or legal guardianship).

Recent Changes

Effective September 19, 2019, the President amended and approved the UMD Staff Parental Leave Policy on an interim basis.

Regular staff employees with 6 months of continuous institutional service are now provided up to 12 work weeks / 60 continuous days / 480 hours of parental leave through a combination of paid leave charged to the staff member’s accrued annual and personal leave and/or assured parental leave provided by the University.

Paid Leave Assurance

The 60-day assured, paid parental leave is inclusive of all accrued annual leave and personal leave available to the employee, as well as holiday leave for any/all holidays observed during the leave period.  Employees may not use their accrued sick leave or compensatory leave during the paid parental leave period, and they are no longer required to request Advanced Sick Leave, Extended Sick Leave and/or leave from the Leave Reserve Fund. After exhausting all annual and personal leave available throughout the leave period, the University shall provide additional paid leave as necessary to meet the 60-day assured, paid parental leave.

Supports for Nursing Mothers

The University provides a number of lactation rooms across campus where nursing mothers may breastfeed or express milk.

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Campus lactation rooms may be found here – double-click the lactation room icon on the map for additional information about that specific location.

Requesting Parental Leave

Parts I, II and IV of the Parental Leave Request form must be completed in their entirety prior to submitting the request to your Leave Consultant in the Office of Staff Relations.


Family Medical Leave and Parental Leave Workshops

Family Medical Leave and Parental Leave training workshops are now being offered to both faculty and staff every month.

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Family Medical Leave Workshops for Faculty & Staff

The Family Medical Leave (FML) workshop will provide faculty and staff members who are planning to take FML leave an overview of the University’s Family Medical Leave policy.  During the workshop we will cover topics such as when and how to request FML, eligibility requirements, and responsibilities of the employee and their manager prior to, during, and after the leave period.

Staff Parental Leave Workshops

The Parental Leave workshop will provide staff members who are considering or preparing for the addition of children to their family by birth, adoption, foster parenting, or legal guardianship an overview of the University’s amended Parental Leave policy.  During the workshop we will cover topics such as when and how to request parental leave, eligibility requirements, the assured parental leave period, and how parental leave interacts with Family Medical Leave and other leave benefits. 

Last updated: September 23, 2019