Maternity Leave Overview

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CA Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) allows employees to take up to 17 1/3 weeks of leave for pregnancy disability, or childbirth-related medical conditions. PDL may be taken on an intermittent, reduced hour, or continuous basis as certified by the healthcare provider.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides 12 weeks of unpaid job and benefit protection, if eligible.

California Family Rights Act (CFRA) provides additional 12 weeks of unpaid job and benefit protection, if eligible.

Typically, 1-4 weeks prior to birth. VDI pays approximately 60% of weekly salary up to $1,620 for 2024 and approximately 40% of weekly salary is supplemented with sick/vacation or other available time offs. There is a 7 day waiting period before VDI pays and sick/vacation can be used during this time. FMLA runs during this period.

Typically, 6-8 weeks post-birth. Six weeks for normal birth, 8 weeks for cesarean section. VDI pays approximately 60% of weekly salary up to $1,620 for 2024 and approximately 40% of weekly salary is supplemented with sick/vacation or other available time offs. FMLA runs during this period

Once VDI ends, if eligible, 12 weeks of CFRA/Baby Bonding begins.

CFRA, if eligible, provides 12 weeks of baby bonding. Eight of the 12 weeks of baby bonding are paid with Paid Family Leave and, if eligible, SF Paid Parental Leave (PPLO). PFL pays approximately 60% of weekly salary, up to $1,620 in 2024. And, if eligible, PPLO pays approximately 40%, up to a max. CFRA runs during this period.

Four remaining weeks of CFRA/baby bonding are paid with accrued vacation hours or are unpaid.

NOTE:

  • The 12 weeks of CFRA, for the purpose of baby bonding, must be taken in two-week increments; shorter increments will be allowed on two occasions.
  • University-provided benefits remain intact while on PDL, FMLA, or CFRA. Premiums will continue to be deducted from the pay you are receiving from USF.
  • Tristar administers FMLA/CFRA and VDI, PFL payments.
  • Non-California employees, please contact leaves@usfca.edu regarding benefits that may be offered in your state.

Tristar is the university's leave of absence administration partner.

  1. Notify your supervisor of your leave dates.
  2. Review Tristar's Leave Request Reporting Instructions.
  3. Contact Tristar at 1-844-702-2352 or http://usf.ess-absencetracker.com/.
  4. Email leaves@usfca.edu.

You may add your new child to USF benefits within 30 days of birth or adoption via USFWorks. Birth or adoption documentation will need to be uploaded. 

There are two Lactation Rooms on main campus: UC Room #329 and LM Rossi Room #105. If working at another campus location, please reach out to leaves@usfca.edu

To request use of a lactation room, please submit a completed and signed Lactation Accommodation Request Form to leaves@usfca.edu at least five (5) business days in advance before the start of the request. The form is to be signed by both Employee and Supervisor. Employee and Supervisor will receive written confirmation of approved schedule.

The lactation rooms are scheduled in 30-minute increments. Please indicate on the request form the Days and Times you wish to schedule the room. For example:  Mondays 10-10:30am & 4-4:30pm. Your requested times are not guaranteed.

Your One Card will be updated to provide swipe access to the lactation room. 

If you need to change or cancel your scheduled use of lactation room, please email leaves@usfca.edu as soon as possible.

USF Lactation Accommodation Policy

New parents are eligible for the USF Childcare Subsidy. Apply for the subsidy within the first 30 days of returning to work after childbirth, adoption, or foster placement.

USF’s employee assistance program is administered by Concern. Concern offers employees and their families Parent Coaching, In-the-Moment Support, Work-Life Resources and more.

The USF Parents’ Group lets you connect with your fellow employees about all things parent including daycare, preschool, camps, etc.