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Becoming a Parent

If you are about to have a baby or become an adoptive or foster parent, congratulations! Staff and librarians, these pages are primarily for you, and they walk you through this milestone event. (Faculty and academic staff, see the Academic Human Resources pages.)

The Parental Leave Planning page explains paid and unpaid leave, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Washington State Family Leave Act, and more.

The Health Insurance for New Parents page describes how to add a child to your health insurance.

The Q&A and Resources for New Parents pages aim to address common questions and scenarios.

UW CareLink

Find consultation, articles, and tips for expectant and new parents through UW CareLink, the faculty/staff assistance program. You'll also find a childcare referral service to help locate quality, professional care for your infant through pre-schooler. Check out the full array of UW CareLink resources through the UW CareLink portal (use "UW" as the company code to log in and register).

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.