On Thursday, Governor Henry McMaster signed S.11, a bill that will provide South Carolina state employees with paid family leave for the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child.
According to S.11, an employee who gives birth is entitled to 6 weeks of paid leave, and an employee who becomes a new parent but does not give birth is entitled to 2 weeks of paid leave.
In cases of adoption, state employees who are the child’s primary caregivers are granted 6 weeks of paid leave; the employee who is not the child’s primary caregiver is granted 2 weeks of paid leave.
For fostering a child, two weeks of paid family leave are provided.
“With the signing of this bill, we strengthen our families, our government, and our economy,” said Governor Henry McMaster. “This legislation gives us the ability to better serve South Carolinians by helping us recruit and retain the best and brightest to serve in state government. Most importantly, it strengthens South Carolina’s families – and with stronger families comes a stronger South Carolina.”
The signing on Thursday was for a ceremony. On May 13, McMaster formally signed the bill into law, and on October 1, 2022, the paid family leave act will go into effect.