There are several types of unpaid leave for family reasons at UNIL. Unpaid leave does not count as working time (with the exception of partial leave). Your contract being suspended for the duration of the leave, you must arrange accident coverage as from the 31st day at your own expense. You will be able to maintain the payment of contributions to the pension fund provided that you pay the employee’s and the employer’s shares.
How to apply for unpaid leave
In order to request unpaid leave, get your request signed by your superior, who will send it to Human Resources three months before the date of the start of the leave at the latest.
Exception: the female employee who wishes to take parental leave immediately after maternity or breastfeeding leave must submit her request one month before the date of the start of the leave at the latest.
Please note that you must:
- provide a detailed letter ;
- specify the type of leave desired and its duration;
- enclose the required certificates and any documents you consider relevant.
For persons with a fixed-term contract, request at the same time a possible prolongation of the contract.
Cantonal maternity allowance
There is a cantonal maternity allowance allocated, under certain conditions, to families who are not entitled to federal maternity benefits, for example in the case of unpaid leave taken as a prolongation of maternity/breastfeeding leave. You can obtain more information from the Caisse cantonale vaudoise de compensation.
Parents can obtain unpaid parental leave. This is granted once per child of under 12 years of age, to a mother or father who has worked uninterruptedly for 12 months at UNIL or for the Etat de Vaud. If you both work at UNIL, you can share this leave.
It has a duration of 6 to 12 consecutive months, unless the mother takes this leave immediately after the maternity or breastfeeding leave. It can then last a minimum of two months.
In order to request parental leave, get your request signed by your superior, who will send it to Human Resources three months before the date of the start of the leave at the latest. The female employee who wishes to take parental leave immediately after maternity or breastfeeding leave must submit her request one month before the date of the start of the leave at the latest.
At the end of the leave, it is guaranteed that the employee will return to the same post that they occupied before the leave was granted. Parental leave for another child is granted provided that you have worked uninterruptedly for at least two years since the previous parental leave.
Extended leave for family reasons
This unpaid leave lasts from between two weeks to 12 months consecutively. It can be shared between the parents if both work at UNIL.
An extended leave for another child is granted provided that the employee has worked uninterruptedly for at least 12 months since the last extended or parental leave.
This entails a temporary reduction of the level of activity, which may be granted for family-related reasons. The minimum level of occupation is 50 % and the salary is reduced in accordance with the new level of activity.
This leave is in principle of a duration of a maximum of 12 months. At the end of the leave, the employee resumes their activity at the previous level until the expiry of the contract.
As an employee of the Etat de Vaud (UNIL or outside UNIL), you are entitled to several types of short-term paid leave, for family-related reasons.
- Family carer leave: up to 12 days per calendar year, if you must provide, on a regular and permanent basis, assistance or care for a family member, whose health is seriously or permanently impaired and who is dependent on your assistance.
- Significant family circumstances: up to two days.
- Marriage or registered partnership: four days.
- Death of close family member: up to three days.