Governor’s order creates new parental leave policy for state employees

INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed an executive order providing up to four weeks of paid leave for executive branch state employees to spend time with their newborn or newly adopted child. The state’s new parent leave policy is part of Gov. Holcomb’s 2018 Next Level Agenda and goes into effect for state employees on Jan. 1, 2018.

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“This new policy supports families and healthy kids by ensuring parents—both women and men—get the time they need to bond and adjust to a new baby or adopted child,” Gov. Holcomb said. “This policy sends a strong message to attract more top talent to state government service.”

To qualify for new parent leave, employees must have at least six consecutive months of state employment. The benefit will be available for qualifying employees on or after Jan. 1, 2018.

Full-time employees will receive up to 150 hours (four weeks) of paid leave upon the birth or adoption placement of a child. Part-time employees are eligible to receive up to 75 hours (two weeks). The parental leave time can be taken incrementally and used at any time up to six months after the child is born or placed for adoption.

Learn more about Indiana’s new parent leave policy at

SOURCE: News release from the Office of Governor Eric J. Holcomb