To:           Executive Vice Presidents, Chancellors, Vice Presidents, Vice Chancellors, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors and Heads of Schools, Divisions, Departments and Offices

From:       Trenten D. Klingerman, Interim Vice President for Human Resources

Date:        June 12, 2015

Re:           Policy updates: Paid Parental Leave and Bereavement

I am pleased to announce that the Executive Policy Review Group has approved changes to the University’s paid parental and bereavement leave benefits. The approved changes are effective July 1, 2015 and Human Resources will communicate the changes in multiple ways throughout June. 

Updates to the policies are as follows:

Paid Parental Leave

The updates to the Paid Parental Leave (policy VI.E.3) align leave benefits for all parents. For births or adoptions that occur on or after July 1, 2015, all eligible employees can receive up to six weeks of paid parental leave. The alignment of leave benefits also eliminates the need for leave “sharing” provisions that currently apply when both parents were eligible Purdue employees. Those provisions are eliminated under the new policy. 

Parent: A male or female faculty or staff member, graduate student employee, or post-doc who is a birth mother; a father of the birth child; a same-sex domestic partner of the birth mother; a same-sex domestic partner of the birth father; an adoptive mother or father; a same-sex domestic partner of an adoptive mother or father.

Bereavement Leave

The University’s Bereavement Leave (found in policy VI.E.2) is increased from three to five days for immediate family members and relatives living in an employee’s home. Greater flexibility is given for employees to take bereavement leave over a longer period of time. Finally, bereavement leave for fellow employees is increased from one-half day to a full work day.

Immediate family: Employees are eligible for up to five workdays of paid bereavement leave over six consecutive calendar months for the death of the employee's spouse/same-sex domestic partner, parent, child, grandparent, great grandparent, grandchild or sibling, and corresponding in-law, or step-relative of employee's spouse or same-sex domestic partner.

Relative living in employee's home: Employees are eligible for up to five workdays of paid bereavement leave over six consecutive calendar months for the death of the employee's uncle, great uncle, aunt, great aunt, niece, great niece, nephew, great nephew, cousin or corresponding relative of the employee's spouse or same-sex domestic partner if the relative lived in the employee's home.

Fellow employee: Employees are eligible for up to one workday of paid leave to attend the funeral of a fellow employee, subject to the staffing needs of the employee's department as determined by the head of the department.

The approved changes are responsive to feedback that Human Resources has received from faculty and staff over the past year that our current leave policies are rigid and not family friendly. I believe that the above changes provide more time and more flexibility for employees to attend to these important family events.