Maternity Leave FAQs
- The Maternity Leave Policy in the GV Manual.
- The Family and Medical Leave Act. Information about the FMLA can be found in the GV Policies Family & Medical Leave Policy
- Natalie Trent, Human Resources Representative, at (616) 331-2215.
Before Maternity Leave:
- To be eligible, Faculty/Staff members must have worked at GVSU for at least 12 months and have worked at least 1,250 hours in the 12 months before the leave.
- An FMLA eligible Faculty/Staff member can take up to 12 weeks off for maternity leave.
- The mother may be eligible to take University Maternity Leave to cover for the time period that they are medically unable to work following the birth of their child. Please refer to your appropriate handbook or contract for eligibility information.
- The mother will need to complete the Certification of Health Care Provider Form (Self). There is one version for hourly staff members and another for salaried staff/faculty.
- The father can also take a maternity leave of absence, if they so desire. The father will need to complete the Certification of Health Care Provider (Family) Form.
- The forms should be submitted at least 30 days in advance of the leave start date.
- Its best to give your supervisor notice as soon as possible. There are various benefits to telling your supervisor sooner rather than later. The more planning and preparation you and your supervisor do before you leave the easier both of you will find it when you return. An earlier announcement will enable all those involved to support you and the operational requirements of your department.
- Eligibility of benefits is based on your staff group. Please refer to your appropriate handbook or contract for information.
- The physicians medical documentation determines the medical recovery time. A typical recovery time for an uncomplicated vaginal delivery is six weeks and for caesarean delivery is eight weeks.
- Salary continuation/sick benefits are appropriate for the day of delivery and the day bringing the baby home from the hospital.
- If eligible for vacation benefits, you can use vacation time to supplement your time off on a maternity leave of absence.
- The maternity leave start date can be adjusted to reflect the actual date your maternity leave starts. If the start date should change, a notification will need to be provided to your supervisor and Human Resources as soon as possible.
- Normal salary continuation, sick time, and/or medical leave provisions will apply.
- The Maternity Leave Guidelines for Faculty provides Faculty members guidelines for maternity leave of absences.
- Please contact Natalie Trent in Human Resources at 331-2215 to discuss further.
While on an approved maternity leave, benefits will continue as if you were working.
During a paid portion, employee contributions continue to be deducted out of paychecks.
During an unpaid portion, you will receive information from Infinisource notifying you of the cost you are responsible for (payment coupons included) and where to send the payments.
- To add your baby/child to your insurance(s), please login to eBenefits on the Health & Wellness website.
- A list of things to consider following a birth of a child, such as increasing your HSA contributions, can be found on the Health and Wellness website under Life Event Changes.
- Yes, maternity leave paperwork is considered a medical expense and is HSA eligible.
Returning to Work:
- A work release from your physician will need to be provided to Human Resources before you return to work.
- You do not have an automatic right to return to work part-time but you can discuss the possibility of a Flexible Work Arrangement with your supervisor. Information about Flexible Work Arrangements can be found at www.gvsu.edu/fwa.
- You will continue to be entitled to the remainder of any maternity leave and pay, however you are required to provide as much notice as possible to the University and the absolute minimum should be your normal contractual notice.
- New parent resources can be found on the Health and Wellness website under Work Life Connections.
- Resources for finding childcare can be found on the Health and Wellness website under Work Life Connections.
- GVSU is striving to make it easier for nursing mothers to maintain breast-feeding after returning to work by providing private and comfortable rooms for nursing mothers. Nursing resources can be found on the Health and Wellness website.
- A faculty member may request an extension of the probationary period by pausing the tenure clock so that she or he may withdraw from teaching, work part-time or continue to work full-time while attending to other commitments. More information can be found in the University Policies.
Questions about maternity leave of absences can be directed to Natalie Trent, Human Resources Representative, in Human Resources at (616) 331-2215.