Parental and Pregnancy Disability Leaves


Parental Leave


Parental leave is a paid leave associated with the birth of an employee's own child or the placement of a child with the employee in connection with adoption or foster care. Paid parental leave does not utilize the employee’s available leave credits. The amount of paid days received and the timeframe in which the paid days are to commence is based on the employee category. This type of leave runs concurrently with any other related leaves for which the employee is eligible, such as FML. You must submit the Request for Formal Leave of Absence formPDF File to Total Wellness.


See the chart below for the number of parental leave days by Collective Bargaining Unit:                             

Employee Category

Parental Leave


Unit 1 -- Union of American Physicians


Units 2,5,7,9 -- CSEA/CSUEU


Unit 3 -- California Faculty Association (CFA)* 


Unit 4 – Academic Professionals of California (APC)


Unit 6 -- State Employees Trades Council (SETC)


Unit 8 -- Statewide University Police Association (SUPA)


Unit 10 -- International Union of Operating Engineers


Confidential Employees -- (C99) 


Management Personnel Plan -- (MPP) (M80)


Executive -- (M98)



* Faculty Unit Employees should refer to Articles 22 and 23 regarding parental leave sharing and reduced teaching assignment.


Pregnancy Disability Leave


If a female employee is disabled by pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition, she is entitled under California Government Code Section 12945 (b) (2)Opens in new window to take pregnancy disability leave. Please see the following provisions:

  • Up to four months (88 work days for a full-time employee) disability leave.

  • If more than four months of leave is provided for other types of temporary disabilities, the same leave must be made available to women who are disabled due to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.

  • Only when actually disabled (includes time off needed for prenatal care, severe morning sickness, doctor-ordered bed rest, childbirth, recovery from childbirth, and related medical conditions as certified by a doctor).

  • This leave is without pay, but the employee may use vacation, personal holiday, CTO or sick leave.

  • Runs consecutively (not concurrently) with   Family Medical Leave (FML).


The California Education Code Section 89519Opens in new window , provides permanent female employees with up to 12 months of time off due to pregnancy/childbirth. This period of time runs concurrently with other leave programs, and is not predicated upon disability. Depending on the situation, some of this leave may be without pay.


Nursing Mothers' Resources


Lactation Program

Rejuvenation Spaces contain a comfortable sofa or chair, access to electricity, and other amenities to support faculty, staff, students, visitors, and job applications with a private, secure, and sanitary space to use for lactation.  More information including a map of current spaces and how to book can be found here.