Human Resources

Pregnancy leave

FMLA/OFLA provides for up to 12 weeks of time off for an illness, injury or condition related to pregnancy or childbirth (pregnancy leave). You are also entitled to 12 weeks parental leave to care for your newborn child. 

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

Scenarios

Unless the medical care provider authorizes otherwise, pregnant employees typically work up until their delivery date. Typically, medical care providers authorize six weeks off work after delivery, in order to recover.  Post-pregnancy leave is dictated by your physician and depends on your medical condition.

Scenario 1

You take six weeks of pregnancy leave to recover from delivery per physician's authorization, and elect to take another 12 weeks of parental leave to care for your newborn.

Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6
Scenario Pregnancy leave
Pay Use accrued sick and then vacation time. Any remaining time off is unpaid. Benefits continue.
Weeks 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Scenario Parental leave
Pay Use accrued sick and then vacation time. Any remaining time off is unpaid. Benefits continue.

Scenario 2

You use pregnancy leave before and after the delivery and elect to take the full 12 weeks of parental leave.

Weeks 1 2 3
Scenario One week of pregnancy leave to miss work for doctor's appointments and morning sickness Two weeks of pregnancy leave prior to delivery per doctor’s instructions
Pay Use accrued sick and then vacation time. Any remaining time off is unpaid. Benefits continue.
Weeks 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Scenario Eight weeks of post-delivery pregnancy leave to recover from caesarian section
Pay Use accrued sick and then vacation time. Any remaining time off is unpaid. Benefits continue.
Weeks 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
Scenario 12 weeks of parental leave to care for newborn
Pay Use accrued sick and then vacation time. Any remaining time off is unpaid. Benefits continue.

Scenario 3

You work until your delivery date. Afer the baby is born, you takes six week of pregnancy leave in order to recover from the birth, per your doctors recommendation and an additional six weeks of parental leave to care for your newborn. You then return to work for ten weeks while your partner or a caregiver cares for your newborn, and take your remaining six weeks of parental leave during that 12 month period to spend additional time with your newborn.

Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Scenario Pregnancy leave Parental leave
Pay Use accrued sick and then vacation time. Any remaining time off is unpaid. Benefits continue
Weeks 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Scenario Back to work
Pay Regular pay
Weeks 23 24 25 26 27 28
Scenario Additional parental leave
Pay Use accrued sick and then vacation time. Any remaining time off is unpaid. Benefits continue.

Scenario 4

You work until your delivery date. Your have  a pregnancy-related medical condition so your doctor authorizes 12 weeks off work after the delivery. You elect to take six weeks of parental leave immediately following your doctor authorized pregnancy leave. You return to work while your partner stays home with the baby for next six weeks.  Your partner then returns to work and you take your remaining six weeks of parental leave.  

Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Scenario Pregnancy leave
Pay Use accrued sick and then vacation time. Any remaining time off is unpaid. Benefits continue
Weeks 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Scenario Parental leave
Pay Use accrued sick and then vacation time. Any remaining time off is unpaid. Benefits continue

What else qualifies as pregnancy leave?

Pregnancy leave covers a range of circumstances that might arise before or after the delivery of the child. This includes but is not limited to

  • Prenatal appointments
  • Morning sickness
  • Bed rest
  • Recovery from the delivery
  • Post-partum depression

Any time that you take off from work related to your pregnancy should be counted towards your twelve weeks of pregnancy leave. Report this time to Cypress Allard in human resources. If you are absent from work for one day or more, you must report it on your time card as sick leave.

*Authorization from a medical care provider is not required for absences related to pregnancy under three days in length.  A doctors note must be submitted for any pregnancy related absence extending longer than three days.