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K-State Today

June 21, 2019

K-State offers paid parental leave

Submitted by Human Capital Services

Human Capital Services announces a new paid parental leave benefit effective July 1.

In November 2018, then Gov. Jeff Colyer released an executive order creating a parental leave policy for benefits-eligible state of Kansas employees. This order included the directive, "Other statewide elected officials, independent boards and commissions, the Regents Universities and the Judicial and Legislative Branches are encouraged to adopt comparable policies for their employees." On May 15, the Kansas Board of Regents approved a paid parental leave policy for the KBOR institutions with an effective date of July 1.

Benefits-eligible employees who have worked for the state of Kansas for 12 continuous months preceding the qualifying event are eligible for six weeks of paid parental leave for the primary caregiver and three weeks of paid parental leave for the secondary caregiver. View the full paid parental leave policy in Chapter 4860.050 in the K-State policies and procedures manual. Additional information is available on the Human Capital Services webpage.

"I could not be more excited about this benefit coming to K-State employees," said Vice President Jay Stephens. "It has been a long time coming and we have worked very hard to get this done. I am thankful that Gov. Colyer and the Kansas Board of Regents saw the value in offering this benefit, which provides an opportunity to create a work culture that supports employees through welcoming a new child." 

Questions regarding the paid parental leave policy can be directed to your HCS Benefits team at benefits@k-state.edu

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