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 with Human Resourcesto to begin the process of applying for your leave. See the FMLA page for other details about this leave. To request parental leave, submit a leave of absence request form.

Note to Staff: Effective September 1, 2023, Parental Leave generally qualifies for Paid Leave Oregon benefits. Pay during the Paid Leave Oregon qualifying leave will be in accordance with Paid Leave Oregon benefits. Pay during approved Parental Leave of up to 12 weeks may be eligible for Paid Leave Oregon. Should this benefit not replace all wages, Reed will use your available sick time, if available, to supplement Paid Leave Oregon pay. Once Paid Leave Oregon pay and designation ends, any additional approved Parental Leave must be paid first using available Vacation time and then, if needed, available Sick time.

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.