Michigan government workers get up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave


LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) – Nearly 49,000 Michigan state government employees have a new benefit starting Thursday.

The state offers its employees up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child. New parents must be on probation at their workplace, work 1,250 hours in the past year and be named on the birth certificate or quality adoption papers.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said government employees “embody the spirit of public service” and make sacrifices to keep their families doing their jobs.

“The birth or adoption of a child takes time and effort at home, and government workers need to be assured that they can take that time when they need it most without having to worry. of their salary, ”she said.

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II, who took time off work when his daughter was born in 2019, said research shows the importance of parents’ presence after welcoming a new child, including fathers.

“These policies make families stronger, and I hope Michigan employers strive to adopt similar policies,” he said.

State government employees will receive their base rate of pay during the 12 weeks of leave, which does not count towards their accumulated vacation or sick leave. Adoptions carried out within the framework of a marriage or involving children aged 6 or over do not give the right to paid leave.

“With my first child, my time at home after birth was limited and I feel like I missed some important milestones,” said Kelli Hower, Human Resources Specialist at the Michigan Civil Service Commission. “I can’t tell you how much it means to me to be able to have this added benefit and to be able to experience those first moments in life that I would have otherwise missed. “

Whitmer also announced Thursday that the temporary layoff days adopted under the previous budget to deal with lost earnings due to the coronavirus pandemic are over and none are planned for the next 12 months. No further layoffs are expected, but a hiring and state spending freeze remains.

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