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parental leave

  • Starting in October, state employees in South Carolina are entitled to six weeks of parental leave after giving birth or adopting children. Republican Gov. Henry McMaster held a signing ceremony Thursday for the law he put his signature to back in May. The law provides six weeks of leave at full salary for the primary parent or caretaker of a baby and two weeks for the other parent for both natural births and adoptions. It also provides two weeks paid leave for foster parents who take in a new child. Supporters wanted 12 weeks, but the South Carolina Senate only backed six.