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Parental Leave

If you are not eligible for leave for the birth of a child under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), you may be eligible for leave under State Parental Leave.

State Parental Leave provides:

  • Up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a child.
  • Up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in cases of foster care placement of children under 3 years of age. (Parental Leave begins on the day of the natural child’s birth; in the case of adoption or foster care, Parental Leave begins on the date the child is placed with the parent.)


  • You have been employed at UT Southwestern fewer than 12 months or have worked fewer than 1,250 hours during the 12-month period preceding the beginning of Parental Leave.
  • AND
  • You must have been appointed to a position for at least four and one-half (4½) months at 50% time.

Note for Students: If you are required to be a student as a condition of your employment, you are not eligible for Parental Leave.

How to Apply

Complete and submit a Parental Leave Request Form (link requires VPN). Your supervisor may submit a request form on your behalf if you are incapacitated or unavailable for at least three (3) consecutive days. 

Provide ONE written notification such as:

  • Doctor’s statement on letterhead including the estimated/actual delivery date
  • Verification of birth facts
  • The child’s Birth Certificate

Related Policy

Questions about leave? 

Leave Administration