Faculty members who are half time or more and have been employed by Central College for one year or more are eligible for maternity leave. The faculty member should meet with the VPAA at least 30 days prior to the expected leave, preferably sooner. Eligible employees are also covered under the Family and Medical Leave (FMLA), which allows up to 12 weeks unpaid leave for childbirth. Maternity leave is a continuous leave available to faculty members in accordance with EEOC guidelines stating the “disabilities caused or contributed to by pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, childbirth, and recovery therefrom are, for all job related purposes, temporary disabilities and should be treated as such under any health or temporary disability insurance or sick leave plan available in connection with employment.” When a faculty member is eligible, the College will pay for (6) weeks of maternity leave.
If an eligible faculty member desires to extend the leave beyond the paid leave period outlined above, additional weeks for a total of 12 weeks are available through the College Family and Medical Leave Policy. Such leave will not affect the faculty member’s seniority, benefits, or salary, and their position or one of similar status will be available upon return from the maternity leave. A doctor’s release will be required in order to return to work.
Faculty members who are half time or more and have been employed by the College for less than one year should refer to the “Medical Leave of Absence Policy.”