Paid Parental Leave
Maternity and Paternity Leave
Eligible employees are entitled to the following leave in regard to childbirth and adoption.
Childbirth and Adoption
Effective July 1, 2021, the university provides six weeks of paid parental leave to eligible employees for childbirth and adoption, for births and adoptions that occur on or after July 1, 2021. This benefit is available to regular, active employees (including 9-month faculty) as defined in Human Resources policy HR0105, assigned to work at least 75% time and employed for at least twelve consecutive months prior to the start of the requested leave. Adoptive parents may use their paid parental leave before placement if necessary to fulfill the legal requirements of the adoption process. This leave runs concurrently with the 12 weeks provided by the federal FMLA. Additionally, the State of Tennessee allows up to four months of leave for pregnancy, childbirth and adoption for full-time employees who have been employed at least 12 consecutive months.
With the approval of the department and Human Resources, part of this leave may be taken to establish a reduced schedule for the purpose of transitioning back to full-time employment.
Please contact Sara Harper, HR Consultant for Benefits Administration, at [email protected] or (423) 425-5743 for additional information.
Human Resources Policy for Paid Parental Leave
Paid Parental Leave FAQ