June 13, 2023 | Local News
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The Diocese of Owensboro’s updated policy for paid maternity or paternity leave is seen in its employee policy handbook, effective July 1, 2023. ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD | WKC

Diocese of Owensboro to offer two weeks paid maternity, paternity leave

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC

On July 1, 2023, the Diocese of Owensboro in western Kentucky will make effective its new family leave policy to include two weeks of paid maternity or paternity leave.

The policy, which can be viewed in the diocese’s employee handbook, states that “All regular employees will receive two (2) weeks of paid maternity or paternity leave. Regular part-time employees will receive pay in proportion to the part-time hours scheduled. The purpose of paid parental leave is to enable the employee to care for and bond with a newborn or a newly adopted or newly placed child.”

The policy goes on to state that on the occasion of the birth/adoption of a child, eligible employees may request an additional 10 weeks unpaid leave of absence under FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act).

Bishop William F. Medley said he was “very pleased” when this updated policy was presented for his approval.

“We are about supporting all families, whether by natural birth or adoption,” said the bishop. “This is a statement of the Church for our society. We should lead where we challenge others to go.”

Mary Hall, director of human resources for the Diocese of Owensboro, said that she is glad that as a diocese this benefit can now be offered to employees.

“Paid adoption, maternity and paternity leave is a benefit that when you need it, is very important,” she said. “During a recent survey by the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM), their research indicated a five-percentage point increase in paid parental leave by employers from the prior year, so employers are starting to look closer at this benefit.”

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