Mormon Church Starts Offering Employees Paid Parental, Medical Leave (June 28, 2017)

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will offer a new plan to offer paid maternity and parental leave to its full-time, benefited employees in the U.S. The shift in policy is significant for an institution known for its traditional views on family and gender, especially when religious groups’ policies on maternity leave are all over the map.

The new plan, released to employees Wednesday, says that women who give birth will be eligible for six weeks of paid leave. Mothers and fathers will also be eligible for one week of paid leave to bond with new children from birth or adoption…

Also, starting at the end of this year, employees who have been ill, injured or disabled for seven days can receive two-thirds of their salary from day 8 to day 45. The new benefits will apply to LDS Church’s employees, including those in its Salt Lake City headquarters and church-owned colleges, including Brigham Young University.

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