How do I apply for paid parental leave?

  1. Apply for your leave at least 15 days in advance of the anticipated date of the birth (or other covered event) using the DOE’s Self-Service Online Leave Application System (SOLAS). You’ll be asked if you intend to use your CAR/sick day balance, if you plan to take child care leave after the end of your paid parental leave and for your anticipated return date. This information will be provided to your school or work site.
  2. After the birth of the child or covered event, you have 10 calendar days to notify the DOE via SOLAS. (There are exceptions to these deadlines for special circumstances, such as a medical condition, a premature birth, a death in the family or reasonable travel necessary to adopt a child.) The actual date of birth or covered event will be used to determine the final start and end dates of your paid parental leave. During these 10 days, you can also amend your application if you have changed your mind about using your CAR balance or taking a child care leave.
  3. Using SOLAS, submit the required documentation no more than 21 calendar days after the birth or event.
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