Little Cats Guide for Parents who work at UK. This guide provides information on things to do to prepare for your time away from work, help with finding child care and information on the child care centers near UK, the programs in place to support you and your family, understanding Family Medical Leave, and answers to the most frequently asked questions. 

There is a lot to plan and prepare for when welcoming a child into your family. Here’s the information you need to know about benefits, leave time, and resources at UK to help make this transition as smooth as possible. Faculty: Please also find information on family-friendly offerings (including Tenure Clock Delay).

1. Determine the length and timing of your leave. 

  • Staff: Check your accrued TDL (sick time) and vacation leave in myUK to determine how much of your leave can be paid. Immediately following the birth of your child, you may use up to 30 days (6 weeks) of your accrued TDL for recovery.   After this recovery period, you can use vacation time and take unpaid leave for the remainder of your FML (up to 12 weeks total). Please note that Vacation and Temporary Disability Leave (TDL) will accrue only if you are in a pay status for at least one half of the pay period.

  • Faculty: Please refer to G.R. 10 on Temporary Disability Leave for Faculty (pg. 12) and your college’s specific guidelines on TDL, if any. In general, Faculty are approved for 30 days or more of TDL with pay for the birth or adoption of a child.

2. Find childcare. We’ve put this near the top of the list because many childcare centers in Lexington (including UK’s on-site centers) are on a waitlist.  And, these waitlists can be anywhere from two months to two years. View more information on finding a great child care center and centers offering a UK employee discount.

3. Check out the ‘Future Moms’ program offered by Anthem through the UK health plan. This voluntary program is offered at no cost to you and provides you with a health coach, access to a registered nurse line, educational materials, and postpartum support. For more information, contact the Benefits office at (859) 257-9519 (press 3 for Benefits). 

4. Talk with your department chair/director or supervisor at least 30 days in advance of your leave date to confirm your FML start date and fill out necessary FML paperwork. Find FML forms and related policy here.

5. Make sure you have benefits coverage during your leave. While you are on approved FML, the University will continue to pay for your basic life insurance, long term disability insurance, and for your own health insurance (not for the family plan portion though).  Please call the Benefits Office to ensure that your coverage continues -- especially if there’s any possibility that you will be in a no-pay status during all or some part of your FML. Phone: 859-257-9519 (press 3 for Benefits)

6. Within 30 days of the birth, update your benefits:

  • Enroll your child: You have 30 days from the date of a qualifying event (e.g. birth of a child) to submit a new enrollment form, along with the required documentation. A change in enrollment will be effective as of the date of the qualifying event. Read more information here.

  • Update your beneficiaries:

  • Enroll in Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (enroll during Spring open enrollment): Information about the Dependent Care FSA.

7. Learn about resources for nursing mothers

  • Mommy & Me Breastfeeding Clinic - This clinic is available to all moms who would like to breastfeed and are interested in having a breastfeeding assessment performed by Kentucky Children's Hospital providers. During your visit, the baby will be weighed and examined and a physician and lactation consultant will work with the new mom to develop a plan to meet her breastfeeding needs. Locations and dates are here.

  • Nursing Your Infant Class -- This class focuses on the advantages of breastfeeding, proper positioning and latch-on, guidelines for adequate breastfeeding, and how to prevent and resolve discomfort. Fathers or support persons are encouraged to attend. This class is taught by a certified lactation consultant. Location and dates are here.

  • Obtain a breast pump -- The preventive care provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) states that health plans must cover one breast pump per pregnancy with no cost sharing for female members (i.e. there is no cost to UK employees covered by a UK Healthplan). Learn more about your options and local suppliers.

  • Locate the mothers’ room closest to you on campus -- There are several designated mothers’ rooms (lactation spaces) on and off campus. Other temporary spaces may be available or offered to accommodate an employee's needs. Find them here.