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Gov. Greitens grants paid parental leave for executive branch employees

Eric Greitens via Twitter
Gov. Eric Greitens announces an executive order in a video streamed via social media, announcing paid parental leave for executive branch employees.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens issued an executive order on Monday that gives some state workers a maximum of six weeks of paid parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child.

The news came in a short video posted on Twitter and Facebook that also featured his wife, Sheena Greitens, and their 9-month-old son, Jacob.

The order only applies to employees of state agencies in the governor's Cabinet, which he says will benefit thousands of families in Missouri. Primary caregivers will get six weeks of paid leave and secondary caregivers will get three weeks.

Greitens' executive order can be viewed here.

There are identical bills in the Missouri House and Senate that would each give all state employees 10 days of paid parental leave for the birth of a child or the adoption of a child younger than age of 2. Neither  has received a public hearing.

Follow Marshall Griffin on Twitter: @MarshallGReport

Marshal was a political reporter for St. Louis Public Radio until 2018.