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Birth/Adoption Parental Leave (BAPL) FAQs

If I am eligible for BAPL but not eligible for FMLA, am I still eligible for this benefit?

Eligibility for BAPL is not tied to eligibility for FMLA. Employees can qualify for BAPL if they meet the criteria listed in the policy.

I do not have one year of service at the onset of my leave. Will I be eligible for BAPL if I reach one year of service during my maternity leave?

The employee must meet the one year of benefits eligible service no later than the date that the benefit would normally commence. 

Example #1:
Delivery:  1/16/2020
Scheduled Return from Leave:  4/13/2020
1 Year of Service:  2/13/20120
BAPL: Four weeks

Example #2:
Delivery: 1/16/2020
Scheduled Return from Leave: 4/13/2020
1 Year of Service:  3/27/2020
BAPL: 2 Weeks

How will I know I am eligible for Parental Leave?

When contacting the Hartford to set up your FMLA claim, they will have your date of hire to determine if you are eligible for BAPL. This information will be included on the eligibility letter they will send you.

If a staff member is on paid BAPL leave, do Paid University Holidays and Winter Recess count against the staff member’s 4-week BAPL allotment?

Yes. The BAPL would continue and run concurrently with the Paid University Holiday and Winter Recess period. This means Paid University Holidays and Winter Recess days are not banked for future use.