Governor Expands State Employee Family Leave

Governor Laura Kelly has expanded the paid leave that employees of the State can take from their jobs when they become parents or act as caregivers.

Kelly issued an executive order that provides an extra two weeks of paid leave for state workers who are a child’s primary caregiver, and an extra week for secondary caregivers.

The order also makes foster parents eligible for the same paid leave.

Primary caregivers will now receive up to eight weeks of paid leave, rather than six.

Secondary caregivers will receive four weeks instead of three.

The order directed the state Department of Administration to put the new policies into effect immediately, and provide information to State of Kansas agencies and employees.

The order also says new state employees become eligible for paid leave after 180 days.

Kelly said the state is demonstrating a commitment to recruiting and keeping talented workers, and creating a “supportive environment for our families.”