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Parental Leave

Having time to bond with a new child is an important part of parenting. Therefore, Rockwell Automation provides up to six weeks of paid parental leave for employees who become new parents through birth or adoption while working for the Company. Read the policy on Epoch > Policies & Procedures. This policy provides employees information concerning Parental Leave entitlements and obligations employees may have during such leaves. If you have any questions concerning Parental Leave, please review the Frequently Asked Questions.

Caregiver Leave

You can take up to two weeks paid caregiver leave when you care for eligible family members such as your spouse, child or parents. If you have or adopt a child, you can use caregiver leave for additional bonding time after your parental leave is exhausted.

You’re eligible for caregiver leave if you’ve worked at Rockwell Automation for 12 months, you’re scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week, and you have Federal Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) available to use. The care you provide must be for an eligible family member—not for yourself.

Caregiver leave runs concurrently with FMLA. Your caregiver leave entitlement is created when you request and are approved for FMLA. After your leave is approved, you record time off like you record vacation days using the Caregiver Leave code.

If you have any questions concerning Caregiver Leave, please review the Frequently Asked Questions.

Disability (maternity) leave

Disability due to pregnancy is covered under Short-Term Disability (STD). If you’re eligible, benefits are typically provided for two weeks prepartum and six weeks postpartum or eight weeks postpartum for C-Section. (Don’t forget, in most cases, you need to satisfy a seven-day “elimination period” before benefits begin.) Disability leave runs concurrently with leave of absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Therefore, disability leave will reduce the amount of unpaid FMLA available for the year. Use this maternity tracking calendar to help visualize what your maternity leave could look like.

Requesting Disability

About two weeks before you want your leave to begin, or as soon as you know you will be taking a leave in the case of pregnancy or a planned hospitalization, follow these steps to start the process. (If you have an unplanned hospitalization, call immediately.)

  1. Notify your supervisor and call the HRSC to connect with a leave specialist.
  2. Call Prudential and follow the prompt for submitting a disability claim. (You’ll need to provide our control number.) Representatives are available 24/7.
  3. Sign page 4 of the Submitting a Disability Claim form and give a copy of it to your health provider. This gives your doctor the authority to release medical information to a Prudential Disability Claim Manager.

While you’re on leave, be sure to communicate with Prudential after each doctor visit, if any complications occur and if your return-to-work changes. Failure to do so might affect your benefits.

Family and Medical Leave

Employees may be entitled to paid and unpaid leave of absence under caregiver leave and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Read the caregiver and FMLA policies on Epoch > Policies & Procedures. These policies provide employees information concerning entitlements and obligations employees may have during such leaves. If you have any questions about caregiver or FMLA, contact the HR Service Center at 1.844.404.7247.

More FMLA Details

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows you to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave a year to care for yourself or a family member, including a new child. In general, you’re eligible if you’ve worked for Rockwell Automation for a year (with 1,250 hours) and haven’t used your 12 weeks for another reason.

FMLA is an unpaid leave. However, you may choose to take caregiver leave, vacation or holiday pay during your FMLA time. If you decide to use vacation or holiday pay, your HR representative must route a ticket to the time administrator to enter the vacation time in Workday for you. NOTE: If a Company-paid holiday occurs during the FMLA time, you will not be paid for that day. When you return to work, your HR representative or manager must send a request for holiday payout via the Workday ticketing system to payroll.

Caregiver leave provides up to two weeks paid time off to care for family members. Caregiver leave may be used for FMLA-eligible absences to care for eligible family members and runs concurrently with FMLA leave. See the FAQ for additional details.

Health Benefits During Unpaid FMLA

If you take unpaid time off under FMLA, you will be billed for your share of the health benefit premiums. If you don’t pay your benefit premiums, your enrollment may default to no coverage when you return to work.

Review Your Pregnancy Benefits

Before your baby arrives, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the benefits available during your pregnancy. Here are a few key things to know:

  • Pregnancy care, such as pre/postnatal office visits and in-hospital delivery, is covered the same as any other medical condition.
  • Inpatient hospital stays are covered for a minimum of 48 hours following a vaginal delivery or a minimum of 96 hours following a C-Section delivery. If a person is discharged earlier, benefits will be payable for two post-delivery home visits by a health care provider.
  • You need to certify an inpatient stay greater than 48 or 96 hours. Otherwise, you may experience a reduction in benefits.
  • If your job requires overnight travel, the company will reimburse for shipment of breastmilk as a travel expense. See the Business Travel & Entertainment policy on EPOCH for details.

For details, review your medical plan option’s Summary Plan Description available on Your Benefits™.

Pregnancy Support From UnitedHealthcare

Expecting? Download the free UnitedHealthcare Healthy Pregnancy app for nurse support and resources for a healthy pregnancy. With the app, you can:

  • Speak with a nurse 24/7
  • Keep track of calendar appointments and set important reminders
  • Track your pregnancy milestones based on your due date
  • Link to your pregnancy benefits and cost estimator tools
  • Access resources and watch videos about a baby’s growth
  • Search symptoms and concerns

Get the app in the App Store® or Google Play™. Also, be sure to enroll in the UnitedHealthcare pregnancy program for 24/7 personalized support before and after birth. To learn more, call the phone number on your health plan ID card.

Paternity Leave

In addition to parental leave, fathers may be eligible to take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). If you’re not eligible for FMLA, you can request vacation or Personal Leave. Read the FMLA and Personal Leave policies on Epoch > Policies & Procedures.

Adoption Leave

If a child is placed with you for adoption or foster care, you may be eligible to take leave in addition to parental leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). If you’re not eligible for FMLA, you can request vacation or Personal Leave. Read the FMLA and Personal Leave policies on Epoch > Policies & Procedures.

Adoption Assistance Program

Once you’ve worked at Rockwell Automation for a year, you are eligible to receive financial assistance for expenses related to adopting a child. For details, call the RASC.

Reminder: Make Benefits Changes Within 31 Days

A qualified status change, like having or adopting a baby, allows you to make changes to your benefits—such as adding a child to your medical coverage, changing how much you contribute to a Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or enrolling in a Dependent Care FSA. To make changes, go to Your Benefits or call the RASC within 31 calendar days of the qualified status change.