Taking time off
Leaves of absence
There are a few options to consider when taking a leave of absence from Vanguard for the birth of a child.
Crew who are welcoming a child through adoption, surrogacy, or foster care should refer to the information here.
- Expectant mothers may be eligible for a combination of leaves before or after the birth of a child:
- Short-term disability (STD): Eligibility for STD depends on employment status. Crew members will most likely be considered disabled immediately following, and possibly prior to, the birth of their child. Mothers giving birth are eligible for up to ten weeks of disability pay.
- Parental leave: Benefits-eligible crew with 12 months of service (scheduled to work 30 hours or more per week) are eligible for six weeks of paid parental leave for bonding. Paid parental leave can be used for up to two increments and must be taken within 12 months of the birth.
- Family and Medical Leave: Vanguard provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to eligible crew. Family and Medical Leave runs concurrently with STD and parental leave.
- Personal leave: Crew members may also consider an unpaid personal leave if their need more time off following the birth of their child.
Crew whose spouses or partners give birth
- Parental leave: Benefits-eligible crew with 12 months of service (scheduled to work 30 hours or more per week) whose spouses or partners give birth will receive six weeks of paid bonding time. This time can be used for up to two increments and must be taken within 12 months of the birth or placement.
- Family and Medical Leave: Crew whose spouses or partners give birth may also be eligible for unpaid Family and Medical Leave to spend time with their new baby.
- Personal leave: Crew may also consider an unpaid personal leave if they need more time off following the birth of their child.
Once a crew member determines when their leave will begin, they can initiate a leave of absence request. Expectant parents can request a leave of absence based on the estimated birth or placement date. If the crew member is unable to request the leave, a designated person or their manager request it for them.
Note: Pay and benefits could be impacted when taking a leave of absence. For more details, carefully review the related leave policies above.
Paid time off (PTO)
To help crew achieve a healthy work-life balance, PTO may also be used before or after a child is born. Crew can review their remaining PTO balance in Workday. This figure will help plan time off from work.
Note: PTO accrual may be affected by a leave of absence. Please review the applicable leave policy and PTO Policy to find out more.