Adoption Leave

Policy no. IV-13
Effective date: 11/01/2008
Scope: Category 0 employees
Exclusions: Category 1, 2, and 3 employees; student employees and temporary employees


Policy Statement

Case Western Reserve University will provide "eligible" Category 0 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 Policy IV-8 for Absence and Leaves for Personal Medical, Family Medical and Parenting Reasons Under the Family and Medical Leave Act. 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 Policy IV-8 for Absence and Leaves for Personal Medical, Family Medical and Parenting Reasons Under the Family and Medical Leave Act except that up to six (6) weeks of adoption leave may be paid, depending on availability of employee unused sick day and vacation day balances. “Eligible” Category 1, 2, and 3 employees should refer to the Paid Parental Leave Policy IV-14 for paid time allowances.

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

References: Policy IV-6 Vacation Days, Policy IV-8, Absence and Leaves for Personal Medical, Family Medical, and Parenting Reasons Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, Policy IV-9 and Policy IV-10, Sick Days During Absences for Personal Medical, Family Medical, and Parenting Reasons, Paid Parental Leave (IV-14).