UA adds paid parental leave

The UA has changed it parental leave policy and will now be offering paid parental leave for up to six weeks to its employees.

Employees could previously get up to 12 weeks off for parental leave under the Family Medical Leave Act, though the time would be unpaid. About 160 people every year applied for leave under FMLA for the birth or adoption of a child, said Allison Vaillancourt, vice president for institutional effectiveness and human resources.

“We decided [paid parental leave] would be good for our U of A families,” Vaillancourt said.

The new policy came about through the Campaign for Common Sense, according to Vaillancourt. The campaign, which was started about a year ago, takes suggestions from the UA community about the UA’s policies, practices and organizational structures and what improvements can be made, she said.

“It’s an effort to improve the way we do things at the UA,” she said.