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Supporting Employees through Pregnancy, Childbirth and Other Related Conditions

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We’re here to help!

There is a lot to consider when preparing for the birth or arrival of a child through adoption, foster care placement or legal guardianship. This webpage is intended to provide Clemson University faculty and staff with guidance on navigating leave and accommodation options, along with applicable resources, policies and procedures regarding pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions.

What to Do if You Need an Accommodation

Under the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) and several other state and federal laws, accommodations are available for individuals with known conditions or needs related to pregnancy, childbirth or other medical conditions. For a list of examples of related medical conditions, visit the Pregnancy-Related Accommodations Resource Guide.

If you need an accommodation due to pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition, please reach out to your supervisor. Accommodations may differ by individual and by stage in pregnancy or after childbirth. For examples of accommodations, please review the EEOC’s PWFA fact sheet.

What to Do if You are Preparing for Parental Leave

Congratulations! We are excited to help you on this journey. When you are ready, reach out to the Workforce Well-Being and Benefits Unit through the Contact Benefits Form. A benefits navigator will help you start the process and work with you to determine what types of leave are available to you. Your leave will likely fall into one or more of these three leave categories.

  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Paid Parental Leave (PPL)
  • Extended Leave

More information on these types of leave can be found below or by speaking with a benefits navigator.

University Resources

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Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires the University provide eligible employees with job-protected, unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons.

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Paid Parental Leave (PPL)

Clemson University offers Paid Parental Leave (PPL) to eligible employees for the birth, adoption or foster care placement of a child.

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Summary of Leave Benefits

Clemson University provides paid and unpaid leave benefits for eligible employees, including but not limited to sick leave, annual leave, grant personal leave and the leave pool.

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Lactation Network

Clemson strives to offer clean, private spaces for new mothers to nurse and/or express breastmilk and flexible opportunities to do so during the work/school day through the Lactation Network.

NOTICE: Treat pregnancy or related conditions as any other temporary medical conditions for all job-related purposes, including commencement, duration and extensions of leave, payment of disability income; accrual of seniority and any other benefit or service; and reinstatement; and under any fringe benefit offered to employees by virtues of employment.

Clemson University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of current, potential, or past pregnancy or related conditions. This includes a prohibition against sex discrimination and sex-based sex harassment as mandated by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Ms. Alesia Smith is the Assistant Vice President for Equity Compliance and the Title IX Coordinator. Her office is located at 223 Brackett Hall, phone number is 864.656.3181, and email address is

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