Parental Leave for TNS Staff and Faculty

Update: Paid Family Leave

The New School is offering paid family leave as of January 1, 2018, under New York State’s Paid Family Leave program.  Funded by employee payroll deductions, it provides eligible employees who work in New York State, including those represented by a union, with paid leave to:

  • Bond with a newly born, adopted, or fostered child
  • Care for a family member with a serious health condition (including spouse, domestic partner, child, stepchild, parent, parent in-law, stepparent, grandparent and grandchild)
  • Assist loved ones when a family member is called into active military duty overseas

All eligible employees are required to participate in PFL. The University will begin collecting the payroll deductions on January 1.  The deduction will be equal to 0.126% of an employee’s weekly wage, capped at the current NY State average weekly wage of $1,305.92.  This equates to a maximum employee contribution of approximately $1.65 per week or $85.60 per year for 2018.

Find out more about this leave, including FAQs, here.  If you have specific questions regarding paid family leave, please email or call ext. 4942.


Job-protected, unpaid, parental leave is provided to eligible employees and faculty under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  Under this Act, “a mother can use 12 weeks of FMLA leave for the birth of a child, for prenatal care and incapacity related to pregnancy, and for her own serious health condition following the birth of a child. A father can use FMLA leave for the birth of a child and to care for his spouse who is incapacitated (due to pregnancy or child birth).” (DOL on FMLA)

To be eligible, “an employee must (1) work for a covered employer, (2) work 1,250 hours during the 12 months prior to the start of leave, (3) work at a location where 50 or more employees work at that location or within 75 miles of it, and (4) have worked for the employer for 12 months.” (DOL on FMLA)

Please note that generally, part-time employees, including most student employees, do not qualify for FMLA through the University.  (An employee who works 20 hours a week for 52 weeks works for 1,040 hours in 12 months.)

Expecting faculty and staff who would like to use FMLA should notify their supervisors, Human Resources, and union representatives, as applicable.  Additional information on FMLA at the US Department of Labor:

Faculty Leave

Faculty leave policies vary according to school and faculty status.

Staff leave policies vary according to title and status.

Parental Leave for Students

The New School currently does not currently have a standard Parental Leave policy for students.


The Caregivers Support Working Group is available for personal consultations regarding the parental leave process.  Please contact us or email us at