“We need to do everything in our power to support children and families in this state—and that begins on day one of their arrival in the home. Before today, a state employee who gave birth to or adopted a child would have to use sick time, vacation time, or take unpaid leave,” Greitens said. “And yet, everything we know about that crucial period after a child arrives in the home argues for giving parents time with their new children. Parents use that time to nurture and bond with the newest member of the family. Research proves that parental leave time is linked to better infant health and development, as well as employee retention and productivity. We believe that this policy will help new parents gain some stability during a happy and hectic time.”
As for the length, she said the executive order would stay put until further notice unless rescinded by a future governor.
Greitens encouraged other state-elected officials, commissions, and the legislative and judicial branches to adopt the policy as well.
“We’re proud of this decision, and we know it’ll be an important step forward for our state,” he finished.
Wendy Doyle, the President & CEO of Women’s Foundation, applauded the move.
“We are very pleased that Governor Greitens has taken executive action to provide state employees with paid parental leave and make Missouri a national leader in advancing family-friendly policies for its state workforce,” she said in a statemeny. “Women’s Foundation research shows that paid family leave policies strengthen families, reduce reliance on government assistance and support economic growth. At Women’s Foundation, we are dedicated to ending the false choice between work and family. Missourians value both. We applaud Governor Greitens for his leadership on this issue.”