Adoption Leave

Title: Adoption Leave
Approved by
Date Approved:
Effective Date: 11/01/2008
Responsible Official
Responsible University Office
Revision History
Related Legislation and University Policies
Review Period: 5 years
Date of Last Review
Relates to: faculty, executive staff, senior staff, and staff
Exclusions: student employees and temporary employees

Policy Statement

Case Western Reserve University will provide "eligible" employees who legally adopt a child and are the primary care-givers up to six (6) weeks paid time off for adoption leave (depending on available unused sick day and vacation day balances). If the other parent/domestic partner is an employee, he or she can use up to eight (8) days annually of their unused paid sick day balance. If the employee does not have six (6) weeks sick day or vacation day balances, unpaid adoption leave may be taken in accordance with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Absences and Leave Policy. Vacation day balance must be used prior to commencing an unpaid adoption leave. If both parents work for the university and are "eligible" for adoption leave, their combined paid time off may not exceed the six (6) weeks adoption leave plus eight (8) days parenting leave.

See referenced policies below for more complete information. Eligibility and conditions for paid adoption leave will be those defined within the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Absences and Leave Policy, except that up to six (6) weeks of adoption leave may be paid to "eligible" Executive Staff, Senior Staff, and Staff under the Paid Parental Policy, depending on availability of employee unused sick day and vacation day balances. Faculty should refer to the Faculty Handbook for paid parental policies.

Policy Administration: Joint responsibility of supervisor with the Benefits Office.

References: Faculty Handbook; Vacation Policy, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Absences and Leave Policy and ProcedureSick Days (Faculty) Policy; Sick Pay (Executive Staff, Senior Staff, and Staff) Policy; Paid Parental Leave Policy.