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LDS Church Announces Paid Parental Leave For Employees

Lee Hale
The Church Office Building on Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City.

Female employees of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are now eligible for six weeks of paid maternity leave. That’s one of a few new benefits announced to church workers this week.

Along with the six weeks of paid leave, both men and women are eligible for a week of "paternal leave" meant to encourage bonding with a newborn. Until now church employees had to save up vacation and sick days or go unpaid for up to 12 weeks under the Family Medical Leave Act.


Former church employee Charlotte Keneipp says she worked alongside a lot of mothers who found the old policy challenging.


"A lot of my friends just left employment after they had their babies," says Kaneipp.


Keneipp says she’s excited about the change and glad to see the Mormon church showing a commitment to a healthy work-life balance.


Other new benefits include short-term disability pay, a gym in the church office building on Temple Square and a slightly relaxed dress code. Women may now wear dress pants and men can wear dress shirts with a little bit of color, they also have the option of removing suit jackets during hot weather.


Lee Hale began listening to KUER while he was teaching English at a Middle School in West Jordan (his one hour commute made for plenty of listening time). Inspired by what he heard he applied for the Kroc Fellowship at NPR headquarters in DC and to his surprise, he got it. Since then he has reported on topics ranging from TSA PreCheck to micro apartments in overcrowded cities to the various ways zoo animals stay cool in the summer heat. But, his primary focus has always been education and he returns to Utah to cover the same schools he was teaching in not long ago. Lee is a graduate of Brigham Young University and is also fascinated with the way religion intersects with the culture and communities of the Beehive State. He hopes to tell stories that accurately reflect the beliefs that Utahns hold dear.
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