Women’s Foundation and IPP research prompts new paid parental leave policy

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed Executive Order 17-09 on March 13, 2017, making state workers for executive branch agencies eligible for up to six weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child. The executive order encourages other state-elected officials, commissions, and the legislative and judicial branches of Missouri government to adopt similar policies.

In his announcement, Greitens cites research by the Women’s Foundation and the Institute of Public Policy as a factor informing his decision to establish the new policy, calling it “an important step forward for our state.”

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