Indianapolis, In. — Governor Eric Holcomb has used an executive order to extend paid parental leave for executive branch state employees. The new police is part of the “Next Level” agenda and will take effect on January 1, 2018.“This new policy supports families and healthy kids by ensuring parents—both women and men—get the time they need to bond and adjust to a new baby or adopted child,” Gov. Holcomb said. “This policy sends a strong message to attract more top talent to state government service.”To qualify for new parent leave, employees must have at least six consecutive months of state employment. The benefit will be available for qualifying employees on or after Jan. 1, 2018.Full-time employees will receive up to 150 hours (four weeks) of paid leave upon the birth or adoption placement of a child. Part-time employees are eligible to receive up to 75 hours (two weeks). The parental leave time can be taken incrementally and used at any time up to six months after the child is born or placed for adoption.The entire order is here.