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Chicago Archdiocese Announces new Parental Leave Policy to Start July 1

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CHICAGO (CNS) – The Archdiocese of Chicago will begin offering 12 weeks of paid parental leave to its staff beginning July 1. The new policy is open to fathers and mothers who just had children or adopted children. Staff who are eligible for benefits – those who work at least 26 hours a week – and who have worked at the archdiocese at least one month qualify for parental leave. Archdiocesan employees who have worked less than one year will receive one week of paid parental leave for every month they worked. Under the previous policy, female staff who gave birth or adopted used paid sick time and vacation time during their parental leave. Employees who worked for at least three years usually had accumulated enough sick time to cover about six weeks of leave. “We’ve had a policy that met the needs of most people,” said Betsy Bohlen, CEO for the Archdiocese of Chicago. “For most people it worked, because they accrued sick time and used it. In other organizations they would have lost it. Here they keep it.”