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Parental (Maternity) Leave

Applying for Parental Leave
Forms and Information

Leave Approval

These leaves are applied for and approved in the Human Resources Leaves Office, 6400 Uptown Blvd. NE, Suite 210 East, Full Staff Listing.

Important: All paperwork must be original and no third party faxes.


To be eligible for an APS extended medical or parental leave of absence, an employee must have worked for APS a minimum of one (1) year just prior to the leave start date.

  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) will be granted to employees who have worked for APS for at least twelve (12) months and who have worked at least 1,250 hours – or the equivalent of a full work year – in the previous 12 months. 
  • FMLA is limited to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per rolling calendar year. 
  • Intermittent leave will be addressed according to FMLA Law.  For more information, visit U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, Family and Medical Leave Act


Time off for recovery from childbirth requires appropriate medical documentation and will be taken from available sick leave balances. 

  • Use of compensatory time is not allowed. 
  • Available absence balances will be used in this order: sick leave, personal days, and annual leave.
  • Once such benefits are exhausted, the leave shall be without pay.
  • Parental leave can be extended for up to one calendar year.

Applying for Leave

Visit Applying for Parental Leave: The Process for more information.
  1. Fill out the Extended Leave of Absence Request Form A
  2. Provide a written physician’s certificate (*required). Include the
    • date on which the health condition occurred
    • probable duration of the condition
    • estimate of the amount of time you need to be off work to care for your own health condition
    • confirmation that the nature of the condition warrants you to be away from work to care for yourself.

Return to Work

To facilitate your return to work, provide the Leaves Office with advance notification of your intended return date (Letter of Intent). Failure to do so may delay your return date.

Proof of Birth/Medical Clearance

Proof of Birth or a Medical Clearance is required before the employee will be permitted to return to work. Schedule your afternoon reinstatement appointment at least one week prior to your return to work date. Call the following numbers for scheduling:

  • Last names starting with A-L: (505) 889-4886
  • Last names starting with M-Z: (505) 889-4865

Returning from Leave Early

If returning early from leave, the supervisor's written approval must be provided to the Leaves Office.  It is the employee's responsibility to notify the supervisor of the requested early return date.