H. B. 2053
(By Delegates Fleischauer, Marshall, Manypenny
[Introduced January 11, 2012
; referred to the
Committee on Education then Finance.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §18B-7-12a, relating to providing paid childbirth leave for higher education personnel.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §18B-7-12a, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 7. PERSONNEL GENERALLY.
§18B-7-12a. Paid childbirth leave.
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, effective July 1, 2011, the governing boards of all state colleges, universities and community colleges, both public and private, shall submit plans detailing how paid childbirth leave of at least six weeks would be made available to nine-month faculty employees. The plans must be submitted to the Higher Education Policy Commission and the Legislative Oversight Committee on Education Accountability no later than October 1, 2011.
(b) The governing boards of all state colleges, universities and community colleges, both public and private, prior to October 1, 2011, shall study the paid childbirth plans at other institutions around the country and consult with affected faculty members of both genders before submitting their plans. The plans should also specify how leaves would be funded and include proposed rules for using paid childbirth leave.
(c) The plans submitted must identify which types of employees to which the plans would apply, with the goal of providing broad coverage. Any particular groups of employees who are being excluded should be identified and an explanation for their exclusion must be included. The plans may discuss challenges and suggested short-term or long-term methods of resolving the challenges.
(d) If any institution of higher education has a paid childbirth leave policy, the term of that childbirth leave policy must be submitted, together with information identifying which groups, if any, are excluded from the policy and the reasons for exclusion. If the institution of higher education has identified any challenges to providing broad coverage, suggested short-term and long-term methods for resolving any challenges to providing broad coverage may also be submitted.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require governing boards of state universities, colleges and community colleges to submit plans detailing how paid childbirth leave would be made available to nine-month faculty employees.
This section is new; therefore, it has been completely underscored.