The Family and Medical Leave Act: Questions and Answers

The AAUP receives many inquiries from professors, administrators, and lawyers about the application of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to faculty members at colleges and universities. The federal FMLA and its regulations have triggered a number of questions about their application to faculty members. To clarify how to apply the FMLA in academic settings, this guidebook is broken into sections in which specific mandates are introduced and explained through a series of questions and answers. Note: the guidebook has been updated to reflect changes since the US Supreme Court's June 2013 decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act. Download (.pdf).

Navigating Faculty Appointments: Questions and Answers

This guidebook leads readers through questions about employment offers, evaluations and reviews, academic freedom, tenure requirements, and other topics. It is designed to assist both new and experienced faculty members as well as department chairs, deans, and senior administrators. Based on standards of sound academic practice that the AAUP commends to the higher education community, the guide draws on the Association’s long history of implementing such standards in specific situations. Download (.pdf).

Faculty Handbooks as Enforceable Contracts: A State Guide

Each year, the AAUP fields inquiries about what legal role a faculty handbook might play in resolving employment questions and larger questions about an administration’s actions. In response to these inquiries, we have developed a state-by-state guide to the legal treatment of handbooks. This guide is intended to be a quick reference for professors, administrators, and lawyers. Download (.pdf).

Pregnancy in the Academy: Questions and Answers

This guidebook explains how the Pregnancy Discrimination Act applies to women in the academic workplace and addresses such issues as the differences between pregnancy disability leave and family medical leave, the application of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in job interviews and the promotion and tenure process, and academic employees’ rights under the act. Download (.pdf).

Guide to Unemployment Benefits

Access to Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Contingent Faculty offers advice for individual contingent faculty members as well as a discussion of strategies for changing policies regarding access to unemployment benefits. The guidebook can be purchased for $6 in the AAUP Store.