Governor expands parental leave for state employees

Governor Laura Kelly today issued Executive Order 21-24, which expands parental leave benefits to primary caregivers, secondary caregivers, and foster parents. The new policy is as follows:
Primary caregivers receive eight weeks of leave (an increase of two weeks from the original policy);
Secondary caregivers receive four weeks of leave (an increase of one week from the original policy);
Foster parents are now eligible for parental leave, with primary caregivers receiving eight weeks of leave and secondary caregivers receiving four weeks of leave;
Parental leave can now be used thirty days in advance of the birth date, adoption, or fostering of a child or children per calendar year;
New State employees become eligible after 180 days of employment. Current employees will not be subjected to this requirement.