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University of Louisiana System to add paid paternal leave on January 1

Dr. Jim Henderson
Louisiana Tech University
Dr. Jim Henderson

University of Louisiana System President, Dr. Jim Henderson, has announced that the system will be implementing a new policy to offer employees up to six weeks of paid paternal leave. This decision comes after concerns were raised by governor-elect Jeff Landry regarding the potential cost of the policy. In response, Henderson and his team conducted a thorough study to evaluate the feasibility and benefits of such a program.

The primary objective of this policy is to provide parents with the opportunity to focus on their newest addition to the family, while also alleviating any financial strain that may arise during this period. By offering paid paternal leave, the University of Louisiana System aims to support its employees in their personal lives, recognizing the importance of family and work-life balance.

It is worth noting that while federal law allows for up to 12 weeks of unpaid family leave, the UL System's decision to provide paid leave sets it apart as an attractive employer. This additional benefit serves as a valuable recruiting tool, enabling the university to attract and retain top talent. Initial feedback from current employees has been overwhelmingly positive, highlighting the value they place on this new policy.

The implementation of this policy will take effect on January 1st