FILE:  GBRIC

Cf:  GBRIB

 

MATERNITY LEAVE

 

 

The Plaquemines Parish School Board shall grant to regular employees leave without pay for maternity purposes for a reasonable period of time before and after childbirth.  Reasonable period of time means that period during which the female employee is disabled on account of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.  Regular employees, for purposes of this policy, shall mean teachers serving under contract (not to include substitute teachers or teachers replacing others on leave) and other female employees who are employed by the Board on a regular basis.  Such leave shall be granted upon proper application to the Board for maternity leave.

 

Employees may be permitted to use current, accumulated, and extended sick leave days in lieu of maternity leave upon proper request.  The period of disability for which sick leave may be used shall be determined by the employee’s physician, in conjunction with the employee and appropriate school personnel, and submitted to the Board in writing.

 

APPLICATION

 

A pregnant employee may remain on the job as long as she is performing her duties competently as determined by her immediate supervisor.  The employee shall fill out a Maternity Leave Request form, giving as much advance notice as possible, but in no case less than thirty (30) days prior to the beginning date of leave, except in emergency situations.  The form must be accompanied by a statement from a physician verifying the stage of pregnancy and expected dates of disability due to pregnancy.  Such certificate shall follow the same standards as for submission of certificates for sick leave as found under Certification of Absence in policy GBRIB, Sick Leave.  Failure to comply with the notice and other requirements of this policy may be considered willful neglect of duty and may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

 

RETURN TO WORK

 

Prior to returning to work, the employee must provide a physician’s statement to the Human Resources Department.  The Human Resources Department shall provide the employee with a Return to Work form which shall be presented to the employee’s immediate supervisor prior to being allowed to return to work.  The immediate supervisor shall be responsible for making sure that the appropriate form has been processed prior to the employee being allowed to return.

 

CONSECUTIVE SERVICE

 

Maternity leave for the period of disability occasioned by pregnancy and/or childbirth shall not interrupt the consecutive service for sabbatical leave purposes.  Once maternity leave extends beyond the period of disability, however, such period of leave shall be considered an interruption of the accrual of consecutive semesters for sabbatical leave eligibility.

 

Revised:  April, 2010

Adopted:  November 1, 2010

 

 

Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:1171, 17:1211, 23:334, 23:341, 23:342

 

Plaquemines Parish School Board