Becoming a Parent?

When you become a parent through birth or through adoption, you should consider:

  • Changes to your benefits
  • Parental leave
    • Eligible employees are entitled to a parental leave of eight weeks. If, in the case of pregnancy and/or childbirth, medical incapacitation of the employee extends beyond the eight-week period, they may request an extension of their parental leave. In such cases, the total unpaid parental leave period will not exceed six months.
    • Birthing employees who are not still medically incapacitated upon completing an eight-week parental leave, but wish to take additional leave, are not eligible for a parental leave extension. The additional time off must be requested in accordance with the policies on vacation leave, personal days, unpaid time off, or leaves of absence—personal or family and medical leave.
  • Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave for birth of a child or care of a spouse
    • Both parents are entitled to FMLA leave for the birth of their child, or placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care.
  • Name, address, emergency contact, and employee withholding (W-4) changes
    • Name changes are done through Human Resources and require supporting documentation.
    • You can make changes to your address, emergency contact, and employee withholding (W-4) on BUworks.
  • Childcare
    • The Boston University Children’s Center is an early childhood educational program for children ages two through five.
    • The Early Childhood Learning Lab enrolls children ages two years and nine months through five years old and is a lab school program affiliated with the School of Education.
    • Please contact each program directly for enrollment information and eligibility.
    • You may also contact Family Resources for childcare resources and referral information.