FL state workers see expansion of parental leave under new rules

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Employees in three dozen Florida state agencies will see as much as nine weeks of paid maternal leave and two weeks leave for fathers under rules adopted this week by Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet.

Previously, new parents had to cobble together leave periods using their paid annual or sick leave.

“Compared to other Southeastern states, this is the most robust paid leave policy for mothers following birth,” the governor’s office said in a press release issued Monday, after the governor and Cabinet approved the changes.


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