Human Resources

Parental leave

Parental leave provides new parents with up to 12 weeks of time off to bond with and care for their newborn, newly adopted, or newly placed foster child.

Parental leave can be taken all at one time or intermittently, but must be used within 12 months of the first day of leave.

If you are expecting to use parental leave, you should speak with your supervisor as you are planning your time away from work. You must also make an appointment to see Cypress Cohen in human resources to begin the process of applying for your leave. See the FMLA page for other details about this leave.

Who qualifies as my child?

For purposes of parental leave, Reed College defines a child as

  • your biological, adopted, foster child or stepchild, or
  • the biological, adopted, foster child or stepchild of your domestic partner (of any gender), or
  • any child with whom you are in a relationship of in loco parentis.

How much time can I take off?

Scenario 1

Your spouse/domestic partner gives birth and you take 12 weeks off immediately following, to help care for your newborn.

Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Scenario Parental leave
Pay Use accrued sick and then vacation time. Any remaining time off is unpaid. Benefits continue

Scenario 2

You are a new parent who would like to take time off intermittently: Starting at birth, you decide to  take two weeks of parental leave. You then return to work for 10 weeks and then takes an additional 10 weeks of parental leave, for a total of 12 weeks of leave.

Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Scenario New parent takes two weeks of parental leave New parent goes back to work for 10 weeks
Pay Regular pay
Weeks 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Scenario Parental leave for an additional 10 weeks
Pay Use accrued sick and then vacation time. Any remaining time off is unpaid. Benefits continue.