Parental Leave for TNS Staff and Faculty

Parental leave for eligible employees and faculty members is available 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.

Faculty leave policies vary according to school and faculty status.

Staff leave policies vary according to title and status.

The New School does not provide paid parental leave to employees or faculty members, but compensation while on leave may be available by using your vacation time and/or other forms of leave provided by the school.

The State of New York has passed a law for 12 weeks of paid family leave beginning in 2018.  A proposal for 12 weeks of fully paid family leave was given to Human Resources in May 2017.  The New School is currently seeking guidance on how the New York State regulation impacts the New School.

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

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

Additional information on FMLA at the US Department of Labor: