Paid Parental Leave
Qualifying life events include:
- The birth of a child.
- Placement of a minor child for adoption.
- Placement of a minor child for foster care.
Eligibility is contingent upon the employee meeting the following criteria:
- Full-time regular, part-time regular and temporary employees who have six (6) months of continuous service and have worked a minimum of 700 hours over the six months immediately preceding the requested paid parental leave date.
- Eligible leave amount: Up to a maximum of 120 hours of paid leave per qualifying event.
- The maximum of 120 hours is the same, regardless of the number of qualifying events within the year and across USG institutions.
- Leave may be used on a continuous or intermittent basis.
- Unused leave does not carry over for future use.
Unused parental leave has no cash value upon separation from employment.
If an employee has one of the qualifying life events mentioned above they should submit a request for extended leave through OneUSG Connect Employee Self-Service.
Completed forms may be delivered to the GTHR Benefits Extended Absence Team in two ways:
- Upload your documents to our confidential Dropbox by clicking HERE
- Fax your documents to our confidential fax at (404) 894-6978
GTRI employees and temporary employees requesting leave must submit their requests using the appropriate request forms. Request forms are located under Leave-Absence on the GTHR Forms & Guides website.
Paid Parental Leave
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I begin requesting the use of Paid Parental Leave law?
The state law establishing paid parental leave for eligible state employees becomes effective July 1, 2021. Employees may begin requesting leave on that date.
Is Parental Leave retroactive?
Parental leave cannot be granted for absences prior to July 1, 2021, but leave can be taken based on a qualifying event that occurs prior to the effective date of the state law. Leave must be taken in the 12-month period following the initial qualifying event.
Can I request Parental Leave for a qualifying event that occurred prior to July 1, 2021?
An eligible employee may request the use of parental leave based on a qualifying event that occurs prior to the effective date of the state law. Leave must be taken in the 12-month period following the initial qualifying event.
The below is a list of frequently asked questions about the FMLA. For more information, read the policy, attend a Be Well session on leave, or contact the GTHR leave specialist.
FMLA Forms are located under Leave-Absence on the GTHR Forms & Guides website