Growing your family is an important and exciting time in your life.

Ben and family

“Every time you have a child, the dynamics in your family change. You need to be home and support your spouse. There are a lot of things that go into bringing another person into the family. So, having time to adapt is a big help.“

Ben Palmer, HSE supervisor for the Gulf Coast business unit and father of three. Learn More


Learn which steps you’ll need to take to ensure a smooth transition.

Family Medical Leave (FML)

Family Medical Leave is an unpaid leave that provides job protection for up to 12 weeks and is used at the same time as other paid or unpaid leave policies.  

Serious Illness in Family
  Total Family Medical Leave
1-5 Days


2 Weeks


Up to 10 Weeks


12 Weeks
  • Determine which time-off policies you will utilize:
    • Time off for your spouse and/or child in the hospital is covered under the Paid Leave due to Serious Illness in Family Policy (up to 5 days).
    • 2 weeks Parental Leave within the 12-month period immediately following the birth of your child. Weeks are not required to be concurrent or continuous.
    • Vacation may be taken to continue pay while on FML.
    • Family Medical Leave (unpaid, may run concurrently with ConocoPhillips policies).

Preparing for your time-off

  • Have an initial conversation with your supervisor to share your news and plans to take time off. This conversation must take place early enough for your supervisor to plan for your absences, both before and after your child has arrived.
  • Discuss and finalize your plans with your supervisor.
  • Request and complete an FMLA packet from HR Connections.

After your child's birth

  • If you would like to take FML, complete the Care & Bonding Form.
  • Within 90 days of birth, add your child to your benefits coverage on YBR. You may also consider enrolling in a Dependent Day Care FSA to utilize pre-tax dollars to pay for day care and/or increasing your contribution to the Health Saving Account.

You may also be interested in...

  • Find a pediatrician.
  • Aetna covers a breast pump, supplies and lactation consultation for your covered spouse/partner.
  • Connect with EAP for tips to help you and your dependents during this transition.
  • Beneplace for our discount programs.
  • Create a will.