Topeka- Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. on November 21 issued Executive Order 18-19 providing paid parental leave for Kansas state employees.
Under the policy, all state employees under the jurisdiction of the governor will be eligible to receive paid parental leave following the birth or adoption of a child, with primary caregivers receiving six weeks and secondary caregivers receiving three weeks. Employees will receive 100 percent of their regular salary during their leave.
“I think this is an important initiative for all Kansans” said Governor Colyer. “It shows how important our children are to us and how much we value family here in Kansas. I want state employees to have the same type of benefits that you see in private businesses across our state and nation; and I encourage all other statewide elected officials and agencies to adopt comparable policies for their employees.”
The new policy will apply to over 17,000 state employees. Kansas joins 14 states and the District of Columbia in providing paid parental leave to all or some of their workforce.
The full text of Executive Order 18-19 and a link to video of the signing can be found below:
Paid Parental Leave announcement
Executive Order 18-19 Paid Parental Leave