Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is granting eight weeks of paid leave for new parents who work for the state government.
Northam signed an executive order Tuesday giving executive-branch employees two months of leave at full pay for the new birth or adoption of a child. The policy applies to new mothers and fathers.
The Democratic governor, who is also a pediatric neurologist, said paid time off makes for healthier children and a happier workforce. The state previously provided pregnant women six weeks of paid leave through its short-term disability program following the birth of a child. Workers could also take unpaid leave.
Earlier this year, GOP House Speaker Kirk Cox announced that full-time state House employees can receive 12 weeks of paid parental leave.