Legislation would offer 12 weeks’ paid parental leave to Delaware state workers

Delaware Governor John Carney joined members of the General Assembly on January 9 to call for passage of legislation that would offer 12 weeks of paid parental leave to Delaware state workers. The legislation, House Bill 3, would permit state workers to care for their families without losing wages. The Governor announced his support of the measure as lawmakers returned to Dover for the second half of the 149th General Assembly.
Under the legislation, full-time state employees, including teachers, would be eligible for 12 weeks of paid maternity or paternity leave after one year of employment. New parents would be eligible for leave for up to one year after the birth of a child, or the adoption of a child under the age of six.
Passage of House Bill 3 would make Delaware the sixth state to offer paid parental leave for state workers, according to the Governor’s office. Delaware would join Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Virginia, and Washington D.C. in extending the benefit to public workers.
“Delaware can and should lead on this issue,” said Governor Carney. “This legislation is about supporting our state workers-and creating a workplace that values family. Workers deserve time to spend with their families when their children are born, and this benefit will help us attract and keep good employees. Thank you to the state workers, members of the General Assembly, and advocates who are leading on this issue. I urge lawmakers to offer their full support for this legislation.”

SOURCE: https://news.delaware.gov/2018/01/09/paid-parental-leave/
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