Consistent with UCIrvine’s priority for establishing and encouraging family-friendly policies, the following provisions for Childbirth Accommodation and Child Care Reimbursement have been established.
For Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs)
The contract with the Academic Student Employees (ASE) provides salaried ASEs (TAs) up to four weeks paid leave for childbirth. This benefit has been extended to eligible graduate students appointed as Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs).
Childbirth Accommodation Fund
A central Childbirth Accommodation Fund has been established to pay the salaries of eligible ASEs and GSRs during the time they are on paid leave. The paid leave charged to the central Childbirth Accommodation Fund shall not exceed the four week maximum.
ASE Child Care Reimbursement Fund
The contract between the University and the ASEs also provides for a systemwide Child Care Reimbursement program for eligible ASEs. During the regular academic year the reimbursement limit is $600 per quarter for eligible child care expenses incurred during the ASE’s appointment period in the regular academic year. During a summer session(s), the limit is $600 irrespective of the number of summer sessions in which an ASE is employed. A central Child Care Reimbursement Fund has been established to pay for reimbursable child care expenses.
Both the Childbirth Accommodation Fund and the Child Care Reimbursement Fund are administered by the Graduate Division. For more information, please see the document Childbirth Accommodation and Child Care Reimbursement Program Procedures.
GSR Child Care Reimbursement Fund
As part of its commitment to support students in their academic pursuits, the University of California will help Graduate Student Researchers cover the cost of childcare starting Fall 2013. UC understands that some GSRs are parents who juggle school and family life. The university also recognizes that rising childcare costs can pose a significant financial burden for students, which can affect their academic focus. The university’s new childcare benefit will provide much-needed financial aid and support for GSRs. Depending on the campus; GSRs will be reimbursed up to $600 per quarter or $900 per semester for childcare costs. All UC campuses will offer the childcare benefit starting this Fall and fund it at their location. UCLA and UCIrvine will begin offering the benefit in July 2013. UC already offers this childcare benefit to union-represented Academic Student Employees, such as Teaching Assistants, Tutors and Readers.
Senior Fellowship and Postdoctoral Scholar Program Analyst
University of California, Irvine
120 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-3180
Tel.: (949) 824-8120
Fax: (949) 824-9096