Holcomb adds paid parental leave for executive branch employees

Staff Report

INDIANAPOLIS – Beginning in January employees of the state’s executive branch will be allowed to take up to four weeks of paid leave to spend time with a newborn or newly adopted child.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order this week providing for the paid leave as part of efforts to recruit and retain quality employees.

“This new policy supports families and healthy kids by ensuring parents—both women and men—get the time they need to bond and adjust to a new baby or adopted child,” Holcomb said in a statement. “This policy sends a strong message to attract more top talent to state government service.”

To qualify for new parent leave, employees must have at least six consecutive months of state employment. The benefit will be available for qualifying employees on or after Jan. 1. 

Full-time employees will receive up to 150 hours or four weeks of paid leave upon the birth or adoption placement of a child. Part-time employees are eligible to receive up to 75 hours or two weeks. The parental leave time can be taken incrementally and used at any time up to six months after the child is born or placed for adoption.

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