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Becoming a Parent

If you are about to have a baby or become an adoptive or foster parent, congratulations! This site is primarily for staff and librarians and will help you understand important information related to leave planning and pay, and insurance coverage when adding a child to your family. Faculty and academic staff should view the Academic Human Resources web pages on this topic.

UW CareLink provides consultation, articles, and tips for expectant and new parents and offers a childcare referral service that can help you locate quality, professional care for your infant through pre-schooler. You can access the full array of UW CareLink resources through the APS HealthLink portal. Use "UW" as the company code to log in and register. Look for LIVEConnect instant messaging tool in the upper right corner of the homepage for access to a consultant who specializes in childcare referral services.

Becoming a Parent

A prospective parent is generally covered by the FMLA if the employee has worked for UW or the State of Washington at least 60 % FTE for at least one year, and has not already used the annual 12 week FMLA leave entitlement.

Specifically, a prospective parent is covered by the FMLA if the employee has 12 months of cumulative state service, has worked for the state for at least 1,250 hours, including overtime, in the 12 months immediately preceding the date the FMLA leave will begin, and has not already used the current year's 12 week FMLA leave entitlement.