51 by 51: Ensuring Paid Parental Leave for State Employees

From Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox’s office (R-Colonial Heights). The Virginia House of Delegates is continuing to highlight 51 unique accomplishments of the 51 members of the Republican-led House of Delegates from the 2019 General Assembly session….

March is Women’s History Month! This week we will be mentioning a few of the 51 accomplishments from the 51 members of the Republican-led House of Delegates that promote mothers & families.

This year, Delegate Roxann Robinson carried legislation to ensure state employees receive paid parental leave.

The legislation required the Department of Human Resource Management to implement and administer 12 weeks of paid parental leave benefits for a state employee who becomes the parent of a child either by adoption or by birth of a child.

This policy is about encouraging women to remain in the workplace. Over 60 percent of women cite family and children as their reason for leaving the workforce, and childbirth is the second most common reason women cite when seeking temporary leave, second only to personal illness.

This policy is also about retaining good employees. The Commonwealth of Virginia competes for the best employees just like the private sector. This policy will help with recruiting great people, both men and women, to serve our Commonwealth.