New Maternity Leave Policy

New Maternity Leave Policy


THE NAVY RELEASED GUIDANCE
ON SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, ASH CARTER’S, NEW 12-WEEK
MATERNITY LEAVE POLICY. THE NAVY IMPLEMENTED AN
18-WEEK MATERNITY LEAVE POLICY IN 2015. SAILORS WHO ARE PREGNANT
OR GIVE BIRTH ON OR BEFORE MARCH 3RD, WILL BE
GRANTED UP TO 18 WEEKS OF MATERNITY LEAVE. THOSE WHO BECOME PREGNANT
AFTER MARCH 3RD, WILL BE ENTITLED 12
WEEKS OF NON-CHARGEABLE MATERNITY LEAVE. SAILORS MUST TAKE THIS
LEAVE CONSECUTIVELY AND IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING
A CHILD’S BIRTH, OR RELEASE FROM
HOSPITALIZATION. UNIT COMMANDERS AND
MEDICAL PROVIDERS MAY CONTINUE TO GRANT
CONVALESCENT LEAVE BASED ON THE INDIVIDUAL SAILORS’
FITNESS FOR DUTY. THIS POLICY DOES NOT
CONSTRICT CONVALESCENT LEAVE IN EXCESS
OF 12 WEEKS, WHERE A HEALTH CARE
PROVIDER DEEMS THAT SUCH LEAVE IS WARRANTED. FOR YOU FUTURE
FATHERS OUT THERE, DOD IS WORKING TO
EXPAND PATERNITY LEAVE, CHANGING THE CURRENT
10-DAY PATERNITY LEAVE POLICY TO 14-DAYS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON
THE NEW MATERNITY LEAVE POLICY, CHECK OUT THE
NAVADMIN ON THE NPC WEBSITE.

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