Parental Leave

Northern Illinois University offers five weeks (25 working days) of continuous paid Parental Leave of Absence benefits at 100% salary to eligible employees for the birth of a child or the placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care.

Eligibility Requirement

The following employee categories are eligible for paid Parental Leave of Absence benefits:

  • Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty
  • Temporary Instructors
  • Supportive Professional Staff
  • Civil Service Employees (does not include graduate student, undergraduate student, or extra-help appointments)

Employee must have a full time equivalency or percentage of contract of 50% or greater to be eligible for this paid benefit.

There is no minimum service requirement to be eligible for paid Parental Leave of Absence.

Parental Leave of Absence is allowable for the primary and/or coequal caregiver of the child.

Leave Usage

The five weeks (25 working days) of paid leave benefits must be taken on a continuous basis.  The only exception to this is if the five continuous weeks extend beyond an employee’s contract period.  In this instance, the employee must utilize the remaining time at the start of the next contract period.

Paid Parental Leave of Absence must be utilized within 12 months of the date of birth of the child or the placement with the employee of the child for adoption or foster care.

Employees who qualify for FMLA (one year of service and 1250 hours of work in the prior calendar year) will be eligible to request leave for up to twelve weeks as permitted under FMLA.  This time allowed under Parental Leave of Absence will run concurrently with the time provided under FMLA.  For employees that do not qualify for FMLA, any additional leave time requested beyond the five weeks of Parental Leave of Absence will be considered for the medical necessity of the employee only and will be handled as a request for additional medical leave for the employee’s own serious health condition.  This time allowed under Parental Leave of Absence will run concurrently with the time provided under NIU Illness Leave of Absence.

Employees utilizing the paid Parental Leave of Absence benefits will not be eligible for Non-Accumulative Sick Leave for the employee’s own serious health condition or the serious health condition of an immediate family member as outlined in the NIU Board of Trustee Regulations during their Parental Leave of Absence.

Need More Information?

Additional questions please call the HRS Service Center at 815-753-6000 and ask to be connected to one of our HR associates regarding the application process for a Parental leave or email FMLA@niu.edu.

Parental Leave Request Form