AVODAH Parental Leave
For the birth or adoption or foster placement of a child in the employee's home, AVODAH grants eligible employees up to six (6) weeks of paid parental leave and an additional six (6) weeks of unpaid leave (that may be offset by unused earned paid time) such that the leave, in combination with any disability leave or paid time off, does not exceed 12 weeks in any 24-month period. Parental leave runs concurrently with sick days, medical leave and family and medical leave.
Note – Employees working in Washington, D.C. who have been working at AVODAH for at least 12 months for at least 1,000 hours may be eligible for up to 16 workweeks of unpaid parental leave in any 24-month period, provided that they meet the requirements under local law.
Note – Female employees working in Louisiana who seek leave for pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions will be eligible for up to four months of unpaid parental leave under state law.
All regular full-time and regular part-time employees who have completed at least one year of employment are eligible.
· AVODAH grants eligible employees with less than two (2) years of service, two weeks of paid parental leave, in addition to any disability leave or paid time off. Employees with two or more years of service with AVODAH are granted six (6) weeks of paid parental leave, in addition to any disability leave or paid time off.
· An employee must make a request for leave in writing at least two weeks prior to the start of the leave to the immediate supervisor and Executive Director.
· Parental leave must be taken within one year of the birth, adoption, or placement of a foster child.
· An employee is required to use all time-off benefits available (with the exception of five days of vacation time) to cover any period of unpaid parental leave.
· Generally, upon return from parental leave, the employee will be reinstated to the position held prior to the leave or to an equivalent position with equivalent salary and benefits.
· During a parental leave, employee insurance benefits remain in effect while the employee continues to make any required contributions. For any unpaid portion of the leave, insurance payments normally deducted through payroll may be prepaid or sent in monthly by the employee. The employee must notify the Director of Finance & Operations about his or her plans to pay the required contributions during the leave and make arrangements accordingly.
· Time-off benefits do not accrue during parental leave.
· If a parental leave exceeds one month, any salary increase for which the employee may be eligible may be reduced proportionately to compensate for the length of the leave. Said salary increase will not begin until the employee returns from parental leave.
· If an employee fails to return to work from the leave, AVODAH may require reimbursement from the employee for the six (6) weeks of parental leave.
· Failure to return from leave on the expected return date may be considered a voluntary resignation without notice as of that date.