Bringing a child into your family is an exciting and signficant life event that requires planning and re-organizing of time and priorities. It will undoubtedly alter your work-life balance to some degree, and being prepared for that will ease transitions, lesson stress levels, and improve your ability to handle your work responsbilities and your family/personal life.
URI offers a New Parent Support Group, which meets regularly. Check the News and Events on the Home Page for a schedule. Also, support for pregnant or new moms can be found through Families First Rhode Island, which offers free mentoring services, as well as drop-in social groups.
Whether you have had a baby or are adopting one, whether you are a mother or father, taking the time to be with your child and adjust to your new role is important. There are paid and/or unpaid leave options available to you, depending on your employment category. Following are the sections in the various union contracts related to parental leave:
AAUP (UC article 21.6.2)
ACT/NEA (PR 5.0661)
C94 (PR 5.0661)
MPA (BOG article 4.09)
NON UNION CLASSIFIED (PR 5.0661)
NON UNION NON CLASSIFIED (BOG article 4.09)
NUFAC/POST DOCS (BOG article 4.09)
PSA (UC article 20.6)
PTAA (UC article 15.1.7)
Registered Nurses (PR 5.0661)
Paid vacation, sick, and personal leave may also be considered during this time, although it might be preferable to save vacation time to use later with your family. Refer to the table of leave options by union here. Unpaid leave, through a written request to your supervisor, and/or use of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are also considerations.
Call Human Resources (874-2182 for non-classified personnel; 874-5268 for classified personnel) for more information about options specifically available to you.
Tips for Preparing for Leave:
There may be flexible work options available to you as you manage your new family responsibilites. Explore these possibilities early and discuss them with your supervisor.
Please contact Human Resources to inquire about insurance and benefits changes that will be occurring. The state offers both a medical and a dependent care flexible spending account option to employees as a way to decrease out of pocket expenses for medical and dependent care expenses.
URI supports a new mother's choice to breastfeed her baby, and has adopted a breastfeeding policy and provides facilities and support for all University employees and students.
Please refer to this page for information on planning for your child care needs.