Disability Leave Due to Child-Bearing
(Effective date: First day of month following six months of service;
Carrier: Self-funded. Administered by Reliance Insurance Company)
Periods of disability related to pregnancy and/or childbirth are treated like any other disability. Generally, an employee who gives birth without complications would be eligible for six (6) weeks of paid disability leave and benefits under the College’s Short-term Disability Leave policy. Should medical complications arise before or after the birth, the employee would be eligible for additional paid leave beyond the six weeks, subject to medical certification by a licensed physician.
Faculty members who anticipate disability due to pregnancy should promptly notify the Dean of the College and Department Chair of the anticipated disability date and consult with them to work out a plan for covering courses during the affected semester(s). If the faculty member so desires, she may receive up to a 3-course reduction in teaching responsibilities with no loss of pay or benefits during the affected semester(s). The faculty member’s duties in the areas of freshman advising, major advising, committee work, etc. may also be reduced, at the College’s discretion, depending upon the specific circumstances.