6.2.3.5 Paid Maternity Leave

Michigan Tech recognizes the need to support employees as they balance career, childbirth, and family obligations.

Eligibility

  • Applies to employees eligible for full benefits.
  • Policy is intended to provide paid time off after the birth of a baby.  If medical conditions arise prior to the birth, maternity leave may be taken before the birth.
  • Policy includes an adoption (primary caregiver) for children under 7 years old not attending school full-time.  Employee must certify that they are the primary caregiver.
  • Maternity leave should be taken within 12 months from the birth of the baby.
  • Leave with pay will run concurrent with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
  • Full benefits will continue during leave of absence.

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

  • Will receive one semester at full pay while being relieved from teaching duties for the duration of the leave of absence but continuing to perform their other duties at 50% in a research capacity including graduate student supervision.
  • Can choose to be relieved of all duties while on leave of absence; however, leave of absence with pay will follow the parameters given to staff (full pay for up to 6 weeks; see below).
  • Can only receive leave with pay for semesters normally paid (summer excluded).

Non-Tenure-Track Faculty, Research Faculty, and Staff

  • Will receive full pay for up to 6 weeks; any additional time will be without pay (employee can use earned sick/vacation time (if eligible).
  • Staff may work out a part-time return to work that equates to the full 6 weeks paid. This arrangement must be approved by the employee's supervisor.
  • Lecturers can choose a leave of absence for one semester at 1/2 pay while being relieved from all duties.

Application Process

For tenured/tenure-track faculty, as far as it is possible, the commencement of a maternity leave shall coincide with the beginning of a semester. The faculty member shall submit a written request to her Department Chair (the Dean in case of schools). The chair and/or dean shall attach the memo request to a status change form (gold) and forward to the Dean and Provost as far in advance as possible but at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester during which the leave is to be taken. Professional staff shall submit written notice to their supervisor who shall then attach request to a completed status change form (gold) and forward to the Director and appropriate Executive Team Member. The completed gold form shall then be forwarded to the Benefits office for review and approval.

Funding

The associated costs for eligible persons on maternity leave will be covered by Michigan Tech's retirement and insurance fund.


Revised:
01/28/2015 - Annual Review: To reflect current practice, the email address for questions is now policy@mtu.edu. No changes made to content.
02/20/2014 - Annual Review: Updated Michigan Tech and Handbook banners. Deleted the following sentences in the first paragraph: "This document outlines parameters for a maternity leave to be applied within our current policy 6.2.3.1 Approved Absences with Pay which allows the President to approve a leave of absence with pay for specific occasions." Under Eligibility, in the fourth item, the sentence read: "Maternity leave should be taken ....", now reads "Maternity leave will be taken ....." In the Application Process paragraph, the sentence read: "... and appropriate Executive/CFO/CIO.... " and now reads ".... and appropriate Executive Team Member ...."; the last sentence in the paragraph read: "The completed gold form shall then be forwarded to the Benefits office for review and subsequent approval by the president" now reads: "The completed gold form shall then be forwarded to the Benefits office for review and approval." Deleted: "Per 6.2.3.1, Approved Absences with Pay requires the approval of the president."
06/13/2012 - Revised entire policy to reflect current practice.
06/21/2011 - Annual Review: To reflect current University titles and practice, the email address for questions is now hbwebmaster.
02/09/2011 - New policy.