Baby Bonding Leave
California recently passed AB 375 and AB 2393 giving certificated (as of January 2016) and classified (as of January 2017) school district employees the right to take up to 12 weeks of differential paid leave after birth or placement of a child for foster care/adoption.
If an employee chooses to take Baby Bonding Leave, they are entitled to up to 12 workweeks of differential pay, which is the difference between the employee’s daily pay and the cost of their sub ($135 for days 1-20 and $175 for days 21 and longer. The days do not have to be consecutive. All days of baby bonding leave after day 20 will be deducted at the $175 rate.) During this time the employee will remain in a paid status, including health benefits. This leave can be taken for 12 consecutive weeks or in a minimum of two week increments over the course of the child’s first year of life/placement in the home.
Baby Bonding Leave can be taken any time after Maternity Leave ends (6-8 weeks after birth for a woman or after the baby is born for a non-birthing parent.) The leave must be completed by the baby’s first birthday or 12 months after the child’s placement in the home. The employee has the right to utilize their accrued sick time during this leave, but is not required to do so. They may opt to receive differential pay if they do not wish to exhaust their bank of sick leave. Individuals should also consider their personal financial needs. Using sick leave would provide full pay, and differential would provide reduced pay.
Human Resources must be notified at least four weeks prior to the start of the Baby Bonding Leave. This leave does not affect an employee's STRS credit, and they can still move on the salary schedule. Baby Bonding Leave is a paid status and therefore does not count against working a minimum of 75% of the school year. Any of the 12 weeks of Baby Bonding Leave that are unused during the current school year may be rolled over to the next school year as long as it is still within the window of the child’s first year. School must be open at least three days in a week for the week to be counted toward the 12 weeks of Baby Bonding Leave.
Baby Bonding Leave is calculated for up to 12 weeks per child. If both of the parents work for the district, the 12 weeks will be split between them. If both parents work at the same site, it is up to their site/administrator as to whether their Baby Bonding Leave may overlap. Sites may allow the parents to alternate their leaves.
Baby Bonding Leave is separate from an Unpaid Child Rearing Leave. Click HERE to learn more about that type of leave.
More information about Baby Bonding Leave is available at the Maternity Leave Workshops hosted by the EGUSD Human Resources Department. Contact the EGUSD Human Resources department with questions or to attend one of these workshops.
To learn more about taking leaves, click HERE to refer to the EGEA website page on leaves.