YOUR CHURCH provides its staff with family and medical leave for up to 12 weeks, as required by law. However, in most cases this leave is without pay. Use of unused vacation time may be approved in the event of a family or medical leave if approved in advance by the staff member’s ministry area leader.
Also under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), YOUR CHURCH provides its staff members with maternity/paternity leave if requested. To minimize the financial burden on the staff member, YOUR CHURCH will pay the staff member for up to four weeks of leave. If the staff member so chooses, they may also request use of any unused vacation time as part of their leave. Consequently, a zero to five year staff member could be paid for as many as six weeks of maternal/paternal leave. Maternal/paternal leave should be requested of the ministry area leader at least four weeks in advance in order to allow the ministry area leader to adequately prepare for the staff member’s absence. If extenuating circumstances exist, as determined by the ministry area leader, requests for maternal/paternal leave may be granted with less than four weeks’ notice.