Today, Governor Kristi Noem and legislators announced a two-part paid family leave initiative. HB 1151 enhances paid family leave benefits for state employees and provides an affordable opportunity for entities in the private and public sectors to offer the same benefits. SB 154 establishes a $20 million grant program to help private businesses offer these enhanced benefits to their employees.
"Our families are the heart and soul of South Dakota," said Governor Noem. "These bills together will strengthen families by extending paid family leave opportunities across the state. It is more important than ever that we continue to build strong families -- because stronger families create a stronger South Dakota."
Three years ago, Governor Noem proposed and signed SB 186 to cover 60% of the cost of family leave for state employees for up to 8 weeks following the birth or adoption of a child. These proposals together expand those opportunities.