Somerville Public Schools - Employee Leaves

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    Maternity Disability Leave:

    • Maternity disability leave is a time period where you are legally presumed to be too disabled to work.  However, you can choose to work closer to your expected due date or return to work sooner after delivery, if you are medically able and wish to do so.

    • Maternity disability leave is considered a paid leave.  However, you must have personal illness days and/or personal days in order to be paid.  If you run out of personal illness days and/or personal days, the remaining time will be unpaid.  Days where you are using personal illness and/or personal days, school must be scheduled to be in session.

    • If you do not have enough accumulated sick days to receive pay for all of the time when you are unable to work due to maternity disability, your leave will be without pay after your personal illness and/or personal days are exhausted.  You may, however, qualify for beneifts under the Federal Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

    • All leave dates are centered on the "Expected Due Date", not the date a woman actually gives birth to the baby.

    • The window for a maternity leave is 30 days before the expected due date and 30 days after the expected due date.

      • An employee may elect to not use the full 30 days before/30 days after expected due date window - that is their choice

      • The window is the time a woman is considered disabled due to the end of the pregnancy and post delivery

      • The window can be extended earlier or later than the window, but must be done so with a physician's certification as to the need for the extension, the reason therefore, and duration for the additional period of disability.  The Board may require, by a physician of its choice, a second examination to verify the need for an extension of the disability leave, which the Board will assume the cost of those required physician services.  

      • A non-tenured employee may not not exceed the leave of absence beyond the current contract.

    • A maternity leave request letter must include the start and end dates for the maternity leave.

    • Maternity disability leaves, the employee needs to provide notice of the intended leave no later than sixty (60) days prior to the expected due date and include the desired start and leave dates along with a physician's certification (doctor's note) indicating the expected due date.

    • The Board may regulate the commencement and/or termination dates of the disability leave within the parameters of the law when failure to do so would cause interruption to the continuity of student instruction.  Any such involuntary leave so imposed will immediately precede of follow the period of the requested disability leave and will be without pay, but the employee shall not be denied other contractual and statuator benefits, including payment of the insurance premiums for the involuntary, as well as, voluntary period of the disability leave.


    Childcare Leave:

    • Childcare leave is a time where you are no longer nedically disabled, but wish to remain out of work to care for and bond with your new child.  It can commence at the end of your maternity disability leave. 

    • During this leave, you are responsible for the medical contribution toward the premium as if you were actively working while on leave under the FMLA or NJFLA.

    • FMLA Childcare

      • Must work for an employer at least 1,250 hours during the 12 months prior to the start of the leave.

      • Must have worked for the employer for at least 12 months

    • NJFLA

      • Must have worked for at least 1,000 hours during the immediately preceding 12 month period of the start of the leave.

      • Must have worked for the NJ employer for at least 12 months.

    • Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)

      • Non-Tenured



    Sample Letter for Maternity Disability Leave Only 

    Sample Letter for Childcare Leave Only

    Sample Letter for Maternity and Childcare Leave