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Parental Leave

West Virginia University adheres to the requirements of the West Virginia state Parental Leave Act. Parental Leave provides qualified employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid family leave during a twelve-month period following exhaustion of all their annual leave.

Parental Leave may be used for the following reasons:

  • Birth of a son or daughter
  • Placement of a son or daughter for adoption
  • To provide care of a son, daughter, spouse, parent or dependent (any person who is living with or dependent upon the income of an employee, whether related by blood or not) who has a serious health condition

Parental Leave may be taken intermittently only when medically necessary. It may be taken on a part-time basis but may not exceed 12 consecutive months. This leave must be scheduled so as not to unduly disrupt the operation of the employer. Employees that meet the eligibility requirements of Parental leave are entitled to return to their original position as long as they return at the end of their leave.

In order to meet eligibility requirements for Parental Leave, employees must have been hired for permanent employment and worked at least 12 consecutive weeks. In addition, employees must submit a Request for Parental Leave to their supervisor for approval at least two weeks in advance of the leave. The employee must provide documentation of the birth, adoption or serious health condition to the Medical Management Unit.

Eligible employees taking Parental Leave may continue their group health insurance provided they pay the full employee and employer premium costs of such health insurance.

West Virginia University must also maintain compliance with Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME Guidelines).  Information for Medical and Dental Residents can be found hereResident and Fellow Leaves | Talent and Culture | West Virginia University (

Parental Leave Request Form

WV Parental Leave Act