The University of New Mexico’s Paid Parental Leave program gives parents time and flexibility to bond with their new child(ren) and to foster work-life balance that is vital to families’ capacity to flourish.
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This benefit is available to regular full-time or part-time staff employees who work twenty (20) hours or more per week. The leave will run concurrently with the University’s Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Employees must be employed in a regular staff position at UNM for twelve months prior to the qualifying birth or adoption to be eligible for Paid Parental Leave.
For employees working less than full- time, Paid Parental Leave will be prorated at current salary and appointment percentage (FTE). Any unused leave at the end of the 12-month period will be forfeited. Paid Parental Leave will have no cash value and will not result in a payout benefit. The pay for the hours used from Paid Parental Leave will be based on the employee's regular base rate of pay.
Up to four (4) weeks (160 hours) of Paid Parental Leave for benefits eligible staff. Paid Parental Leave will be available following a Qualifying Event, (birth or placement of child for adoption), and must be used within 12 months of the Qualifying Event. For more information, please see University Administrative Policy #3415, Section 3.8 Paid Parental Leave.
How to Apply
To apply for Paid Parental leave staff member should give notice to their supervisor or department head and complete an electronic Request for Paid Parental Leave form at least 30 days before leave is expected to begin.
If you have applied for FMLA, the documentation provided will be used to verify eligibility, otherwise, the following will be required.
- Proof of a newborn child’s birth will be required when a staff member applies for Paid Parental Leave for the birth and care of a newborn child.
- An authorized placement document will be required when a staff member applies for Paid Parental Leave for Adoption.
To validate an absence, appropriate documentation may be required at any time if requested by the supervisor, department head, Human Resources, or Payroll.