Changes and Additions to Appointments
Family Leave and Disability Resulting From Pregnancy
Section XVI of the Agreement between Rutgers University and the AAUP-AFT details family leave and disability resulting from pregnancy. Specifically, this provision deals with family leave and includes leaves for pregnancy, post-pregnancy, disability resulting from pregnancy, disability, parenting, and caregiving.
Short-term disabilities caused or contributed to by pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, childbirth, and recovery therefrom are, for all job-related purposes, treated like other short-term disabilities. After pregnancy, a member of the bargaining unit (faculty or TA/GA) is entitled to a recuperative paid leave of up to six weeks, or a longer period if the bargaining unit member continues to be disabled. In addition, new parents (faculty or TA/GA) shall be eligible to receive release time from their specifically assigned classroom teaching and committee service obligations for up to eight weeks. In cases of “disability resulting from pregnancy,” the additional eight weeks of release from specifically assigned classroom teaching and committee service obligations shall be added to the six weeks of recuperative paid leave, for a total of up to fourteen weeks. The period of release from specifically assigned classroom teaching and committee service obligations can be reduced by the dean of the unit if it would place an undue hardship on the department or unit. Such reduction will be reported by the dean to the Liaison for Work and Family Issues.
In addition, requests by a member of the bargaining unit (faculty or TA/GA) for a leave of absence without pay to provide care made necessary by reason of the birth or adoption of the bargaining unit member’s child or the serious health condition of a family member or same sex sole domestic partner, as determined in accordance with University policy, shall be granted in accordance with the provisions of the State of New Jersey Family Leave Act.
Questions regarding Article XVI should be directed to the Office of Academic Labor Relations (848) 932-7174.