UC announces paid family leave for employees starting next year
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UC announces paid family leave for employees starting next year

Beginning July 1, 2021, the University of California will enact a new paid family leave benefit for employees, UCnet reported last week. The new policy will provide eight weeks of leave at 70% of wages for UC faculty and staff.

UC’s Council of Chancellors unanimously approved a recommendation for the new benefit, which was also supported by UC President Janet Napolitano and Systemwide Human Resources. The recommendation was developed by a workgroup that included members from Human Resources, Academic Personnel, UC Legal, staff representatives and leadership.

“The chancellors were in agreement that this is the right thing to do for our employees,” said Interim Vice President of Systemwide Human Resources Cheryl Lloyd. “Offering paid family leave adds the University of California to the list of other top employers that recognize how important it is to have family friendly policies and practices to recruit and retain the best.”

According to UCnet, the implementation of a paid family leave benefit comes after years of advocacy by university groups including the Systemwide Advisory Council on the Status of Women (SACSW), the Council of University of California Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) and the Staff Advisors to the Regents.

Until now, UC employees who have worked at the university for at least one year have been eligible for up to 12 workweeks of unpaid family or medical leave. The new benefit at UC will align with paid family leave benefits provided by the State of California, which guarantees up to eight weeks of leave at 60 to 70% of wages.

Over the next year, UC Human Resources, Academic Personnel and faculty leaders will work on developing the new paid family leave benefit and finalizing the details of how it will be implemented. “We will keep the UC community informed before the July 1, 2021 effective date, as more information becomes available,” UCnet states.

— Reach Caleb Hampton at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @calebmhampton. 

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