Policy and Procedures
In most cases, a maternity disability starts about four weeks before the scheduled delivery date and ends about six to eight weeks after the actual delivery date. This determination is based on the attending physician's certification and covers the period during pregnancy or after childbirth when a faculty member is physically unable to perform her regular duties. Like any other disability, however, a full 26 weeks of disability absence is available when there are medical complications for the faculty member during the pregnancy or following childbirth. During a temporary disability absence, benefits remain in effect. For details of this policy, please visit the Office of Human Resources website at https://hr.princeton.edu/thrive/health/maternity.
Current policy does not provide a paid leave of absence for a male faculty member during the period of his spouse's pregnancy or following childbirth. However, the University is willing to work with families in developing flexible work hours during the periods of delivery and illness, if any. In addition, faculty members may be eligible to apply to the State of New Jersey for partial pay through NJ Family Leave Insurance for a maximum of 12 weeks during the first year after the baby's birth. For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at (609) 258-3300.
It is important to notify the department chair as soon as possible of the scheduled delivery date so that arrangements can be made for the absence. The need for an extended absence should be discussed with the department chair, who will notify the Dean of the Faculty. At the start of the absence due to pregnancy, the faculty member will be asked to secure a medical certificate from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty which the attending physician must complete and send to the Office of Employee Health. The certification requests the anticipated delivery date and a statement from the physician certifying the individual's inability to work. This certificate should be updated every three to four weeks during the disability.
Within 90 days after the birth of the child, the Human Resources Service Center, 4 New South Building, (609) 258-3300, should be contacted by letter or telephone to request the proper enrollment forms to make changes in the following benefits coverages:
Health Care Plan--The newborn child is eligible to be covered under the faculty member's current health insurance plan.
Supplemental Life Insurance Plan--In addition to the basic group term life insurance plan coverage (provided at no cost by the University), the faculty member may purchase supplemental life insurance coverage. Current participants in the supplemental life insurance plan may change the amount and type of coverage.
Expense Accounts--The faculty member may enroll in or change the amount of current deferrals to a Health Benefit Expense Account (HBEA) or Dependent Care Expense Account (DCEA).
Return to Work Procedure
When the faculty member is ready to resume her duties, the department chair will notify the Dean of the Faculty. A faculty member who delivers her child by cesarean section should report to the McCosh Health Center before returning to work. An appointment with the University's physician or nurse for Occupational Medicine may be made by calling (609) 258-5035. Otherwise, reporting to the McCosh Health Center after the birth of the child is not required.