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Maternity Leave

Eligibility for paid benefits (Short-term Disability):

  • At least 6 months of cumulative full-time service
  • Adherence to university policy and procedures and timely completion of all required forms
Paid Benefits:
  • Employees will be eligible for 6 or 8 weeks of short-term disability paid at 100%.
  • Additional 2 weeks *parental leave to be coordinated with FMLA.
*Effective since November 1, 2017, for the birth, adoption, or placement of a foster child/children occurring on or after November 1, 2017.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

  • 1 year of service (consecutive or nonconsecutive) and have worked a minimum of 1,250 hours during the 12-month period immediately preceding the start of the leave
  • Adherence to university policy and procedures and timely completion of all required forms
Benefit: In general, an employee who takes approved FMLA leave is entitled to be reinstated to the same or an equivalent position that the employee held when the leave started; most benefits remain active (if premiums are paid); no salary paid.

Duration: Up to 12 weeks.

Note: FMLA  leave runs concurrently with short term disability leave. For maternity leave, employees may choose to continue on FMLA leave through the full 12 weeks after paid benefit ends. The period of continuation of FMLA leave after short-term disability benefit ends will remain unpaid. Staff employees may apply accrued vacation hours and/or floating holidays to get paid during this period. During an unpaid leave, employees will need to arrange for benefit premium payment to maintain benefits.

Steps to apply for maternity leave:
  • Contact your manager to inform him or her of your absence/need for a leave of absence
  • Contact Lincoln Financial, DePaul’s leave of absence administrator at 800-341-0593 or through myHR click on Main Menu >Self-Service > Benefits > Lincoln Financial to file your claim before going out on leave. It is recommended to file a claim at least 30 days in advance.
  • Complete the release form and provide it to your physician.
  • After you file a claim, your case manager will contact you 2 days before your leave is scheduled to start.
After delivery:
  • Report birth to Lincoln Financial through your case manager.
  • If you plan to extend your leave through the full 12 weeks of FMLA, you’ll need to inform Lincoln Financial to open a “bonding” leave.
  • Add your newborn to your coverage. Click here for instructions.

Additional resources: Employee Assistance Program

For more information, contact the Benefits Department at 312-362-8232 or