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Parental Leave


Tulane offers a parental leave benefit to support members of the Tulane community - both women and men - as they strive to balance their work with the wonderful but challenging role of becoming parents, or as their families grow.

Tulane provides up to four consecutive weeks of parental leave to eligible parents for both natural birth and adoption. For complete details about this benefit, please review the parental leave policy in the staff handbook.

If you are a Tulane staff employee, administrator, librarian, or postdoctoral fellow who is the biological mother or father of the child, or has legally adopted the child, or is a same sex spouse of the biological mother or father of the child you are eligible.  If both parents are employed by Tulane, both parents may be eligible for Parental leave.

Leave Request Form - Faculty/Staff

Pregnancy and Parenting Resources for Students




Regular Full-Time Employees and Part-time Employees with Benefits employed by Tulane at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the commencement date of the leave are eligible to receive Parental leave with pay for up to four (4) consecutive weeks. 

Regular Full-Time Employees and Regular Part-Time Employees with Benefits who have not been employed with Tulane at least twelve (12) months immediately preceding the leave may use accrued sick or vacation hours, as appropriate, or the time may be taken as unpaid Parental leave, if no accruals exist.

Employees on unpaid Parental leave do not accumulate vacation or sick leave during the unpaid leave. While on Parental leave, benefits eligible employees may continue to be covered by Tulane’s various insurance programs on the same terms applicable to active employees. Employees will be required to continue to pay their share of all premiums due.

Parental Leave must be taken immediately following the birth or adoption of a child and must be taken consecutively. Parental leave will run concurrently with other federal and state leaves. Payment for parental leave will be paid on regular payroll dates. Intermittent Parental leave is not permitted. Parental leave does not apply to foster care placement.

In no case will an employee receive more than four (4) consecutive weeks of Parental leave in a rolling 12-month period, regardless of whether more than one birth or adoption event occurs within that 12-month time frame.

Required Documentation

Employees will be required to submit certification (e.g. legal or medical) in support of the parental leave request to the Leave Coordinator. The Office of Human Resources may request additional information to assist in assessing the claim for leave.

Benefits Enrollment of Newborn or Adopted Child

You will have 30 days from the actual birth or adoption to enroll your child into your benefits. For assistance, contact the Benefits Team at leaverequest@tulane.edu.