On Monday, Sept. 18, Gov. Ron DeSantis expanded maternity and family leave for Florida state employees. The expansion was approved during a meeting of the governor and Cabinet.
Eligible state employees can receive paid maternity leave for up to seven weeks and parental leave for two weeks, which can be combined to provide nine weeks of paid leave for mothers.
Previously, state employees could use sick and annual leave or unpaid leave following the birth of a child. Compared to other southeastern states, this is the most robust paid leave policy for mothers following birth.