Effect of leave on duration of contract

| You’re a Qualified Assistant or Junior Lecturer | You’re a Lecturer, Assistant Professor or Research Associate
 

Human Resources automatically grants a prolongation of the contract equivalent to the actual duration of the leave for family reasons (except for paternity leave and sick children leave).

You can request a prolongation of longer duration than that of the leave (within the limits mentioned below). Your request, duly justified, must then be sent to Human Resources at the latest three months before the starting date of the aforementioned leave, i.e. at the same time as the request for leave itself.

The prolongation following maternity/breastfeeding or adoption leave does not require this procedure. For example, an Assistant who gives birth during the first year of her contract can request a prolongation at the start of the fifth year of the contract. The prolongation will take place at the end of the last contract.

If you have been granted partial leave for family reasons, your contract can be prolonged by the duration and level of activity of the leave. For example, following a 50% reduction of the level of activity during a period of two months, your contract can be prolonged by one month.  

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You’re a Qualified Assistant or Junior Lecturer

If you become a mother while you have an employment contract at UNIL and you have been granted one or several periods of leave (maternity, breastfeeding, adoption, parental and/or prolonged), you may be given a fixed-term contract of one year maximum at the end of the last contract, up to a total limit of 72 paid months.

Exemple:

  • You’re a female Qualified Assistant and have had a child during the period of your five-year Assistant’s contract (60 months). You can request a 12-month prolongation of your last Assistant’s contract. The duration of the maternity/breastfeeding leave is included in these 12 months, giving a maximum total of 72 paid months.

If you become a father while you have an employment contract at UNIL and you have been granted parental, extended and/or adoption leave, your contract can be prolonged by six months maximum, up to a total limit of 66 paid months.

Exemple:

  • You’re a male Qualified Assistant and have been granted a 12-month period of parental leave during your five-year (12 month) employment as Assistant. If you wish, you can request a 6-month prolongation of your last contract, giving a maximal total of 66 paid months.

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You’re a Lecturer, Assistant Professor or Research Associate

If you become a mother while you have an employment contract at UNIL and you have been granted one or several periods of leave (maternity, breastfeeding, adoption, parental and/or extended), you may be given a fixed-term contract of one year maximum upon the expiry of the last contract.

If you become a father while you have an employment contract at UNIL and you have been granted parental, extended and/or adoption leave, you may be given a fixed-term contract of six months maximum upon the expiry of the last contract.

These principles are valid once for each child born during your employment at UNIL.

Exemple :

  • You’re a female Lecturer employed at UNIL with a two-year employment contract, renewable for an additional two years. You have your first child during the period covered by the first contract. Your contract is renewed for two years as initially anticipated. During the period covered by the second contract, you have a second child. At the end of your second contract, you can request a renewal of one year per pregnancy, i.e. you are potentially entitled to a renewal of two years according to the principle « one baby = one year ».

In the case of leave taken for family reasons, the procedures for granting permanent contracts or tenure for Tenure-Track Assistant Professors may be postponed, upon a written request submitted to the UNIL Rectorate via the employee’s superiors, by one year maximum. Please note that this request may be made only once.

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