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Parental Leave


9.5.1        Parental leave is a leave without pay or benefits which shall be granted upon request subject to the provisions of this Section.  It may be granted for reasons of adoption or pregnancy and/or the need to provide parental care for a child or children of the employee for an extended period of time immediately following adoption or the conclusion of pregnancy; such period of leave shall be no longer than one calendar year in length.  Leave up to six (6) calendar months shall be granted upon request.   Leave for more than six (6) calendar months is at the discretion of the Employer.


9.5.2         In the case of pregnancy, an employee who wishes to use a period of  (paid) earned sick leave at the time of pregnancy and delivery-related disability, may request unpaid parental leave for a period following the use of earned sick leave; however, sick leave time shall not be granted within (during the course of) a period of unpaid parental leave. The employee requesting such sequential leave shall submit an application in writing to the District Executive Director of Human Resources not later than twelve (12) weeks in advance of the anticipated date of delivery.    The  employee  will  be  required  to  submit,  at  the  time  of  use, appropriate medical verification for the sick leave time claimed.


9.5.3        In the case of adoption, the employee shall submit to the District  Executive Director of Human Resources a written application including the anticipated date of  placement  of  the  child at  least  twelve  (12)  weeks  in  advance  of  the anticipated date of  placement,  or earlier if possible.    Documentation  will be required.


9.5.4        When an employee is returning from parental leave extending over a period of six (6) calendar months or less, the employee shall be placed, at the beginning of the first pay period following the scheduled date of return, in the same position held prior to the leave or, if necessary, in an equivalent position.


9.5.5        When an employee has requested and been granted leave for a period longer than six (6) calendar months, but no more than twelve (12) calendar months, the employee will be placed in an equivalent position after the scheduled date of return as soon as an equivalent vacancy becomes available For purposes of this provision, an equivalent vacancy is a position in the same title which exists, has no certified incumbent, which is to be filled, and for which no other person has rights.