New paid parental leave policy begins July 1

Effective July 1, 2024, the Universities of Wisconsin are implementing a policy providing six weeks (240 hours) of paid parental leave within a 12-month period after a qualifying birth or adoptive event. The birth or adoption of a child younger than 18 must occur on or after July 1, 2024, to be eligible for this benefit.

Employees must have completed six months of continuous employment with the UWs at the time of the qualifying event (see links below for full eligibility criteria). This policy will run concurrently with Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act leave (WFMLA) in cases where an eligible employee is also eligible for FMLA or WFMLA leave.

For questions on eligibility or to submit a request, please email

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