Kansas court system granting employees paid parental leave

December 28, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas court system’s employees will now receive six weeks of paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child.

The Kansas Supreme Court issued an administrative order Friday covering the 1,600 judicial branch workers under its supervision.

The court’s order came a month after Gov. Jeff Colyer issued an executive order establishing a similar policy for more than 17,000 employees in executive branch agencies. The Supreme Court sets policy for the judicial branch.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss said providing paid family leave is a step toward keeping the judicial branch competitive with private companies in recruiting employees.

Employees on family leave will receive their full pay. The order applies to any employee who had or adopted a child after Oct. 5.

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