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New Parental Leave Policy

Governor Northam announces new rules for state workers

June 26, 2018 - 12:13 pm
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is granting eight weeks of paid leave for new parents who work in state government.

 

Northam signed an executive order Tuesday giving executive-branch employees two months of leave at full pay for the new birth or adoption of a child. The policy applies to new mothers and fathers.

 

The Democratic governor, who is also a pediatric neurologist, said paid time off makes for healthier children and a happier workforce. The state previously provided pregnant women six weeks of paid leave through its short-term disability program following the birth of a child. Workers could also take unpaid leave.

 

Earlier this year GOP House Speaker Kirk Cox announced that full-time state House employees can receive 12 weeks of paid parental leave.

 

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