Adopted at the 128th Annual Convention January 25-26, 2002
RESOLUTION VII: (Adopted)
RESOLVED, that the 128th Convention of the Diocese of Newark mandates the granting of parental leave in conformance with the resolution passed by General Convention in 2000, to wit:
- A member of the clergy who has been employed by the church for at least one full year and is the designated "primary child-care parent" is entitled to leave for the birth or adoption of a child for a minimum of eight weeks with pay. Up to eight additional weeks may be taken without pay. The member of the clergy may elect to use vacation leave or sick leave during this latter period.
- A member of the clergy who has been employed by the church for at least one full year and is the "non-primary care parent" is entitled to leave for the birth or adoption of a child for a minimum of two weeks with pay and up to ten additional weeks without pay.
- A member of the clergy employed by the church for less than one full year is entitled to the same numbers of weeks leave. Pay during this period is negotiated between the church and the cleric.
In 1998, the diocese established the principal that parental leave was a right for new parents, mandating six or eight weeks leave with pay (depending on birth circumstances) and six additional weeks negotiated with the vestry. The resolution would update our policy to conform with what was passed by General Convention.