Leaves and Time-Off

Sick Leave

Twelve days of sick leave are given on the first day of a postdoc's appointment. Unused sick leave carries over to subsequent postdoc appointments.

Maternity and Parental Leave

Postdoctoral scholars are eligible for childbearing leave, parental leave, and active service-modified duties, and for family and medical leave.

Childbearing, parental, and family and medical leave policies for postdocs in title codes 3253 (postdoctoral fellows) and 3254 (postdoc paid-directs) are subject to the requirements of the postdoc’s extramural funding agency.

Download maternity leave guidelines or see the Garnett Powers website. You can plan for your maternity leave by using the maternity leave checklist and the maternity leave planning worksheet.

The UCSF policy in regard to sick and parental leave is consistent with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of the US Department of Labor and with the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). See a detailed comparison of the provisions of the two acts.

Expectant postdoc parents may also want to review the Postdoc's Guide to Pregnancy and Maternity Leave published by the National Postdoc Association. Another resource is The Pregnant Scholar; this website, developed at UC Hastings and UC Berkeley, offers information on how Title IX protects pregnant and parenting postdocs from discrimination, as well as resource links for funding parental leave.

Personal Time-Off and University Holidays

Twenty-four days of personal time off (PTO) are granted on the first day of the postdoc appointment and must be used before the postdoc's next anniversary date, i.e. within the appointment year – not the calendar year. If there is unused PTO at the end of the appointment year, it is lost. No monetary compensation can be given for unused PTO. On the first day of the next appointment year, another 24 days of PTO are given.

In addition to personal time-off, postdocs may also take all of the official administrative holidays published in the University's Academic Calendar.

Jury Duty

Postdoctoral scholars are eligible for jury duty leave. Verification of service on jury duty must be provided by the postdoc to the University upon request. Pay for jury duty will not continue beyond the end date of the postdoc’s appointment.

Military Leave

The University provides military leave without pay for postdoctoral scholars who are called to active US military service.