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Maternity and Parental Leave, Reduction in Force, and Furlough Policy Proposals

September 7, 2017

The Department of Administration proposes changes to the Maternity and Parental Leave and Reduction in Force policies in the Montana Operations Manual.  The Department also proposes a new policy addressing Furloughs.  Significant changes are summarized below.

Maternity and Parental Leave Policy Proposal

  • Added language defining 6 weeks as a reasonable amount of time for paternity leave.
  • Added defintion of parent.
  • Added language clarifying all permanent employees who become parents are eligible for parental leave.  (Note, although all parents may use parental leave, by statute, only birth fathers and adoptive parents may use sick leave while on parental leave unless the absence qualifies for use of sick leave for another reason).
  • Added language clarifying both parents must be offered an equivalent amount of parental leave if both parents are employed by the State of Montana.
  • Added language clarifying that leave taken prior to childbirth because of a medical condition related to pregnancy will not count against the maternity leave period.
  • Added language explaining how maternity and parental leave, sick leave, and FMLA policies intersect.
  • Reordered policy and generally updated policy for grammar, clarity, and consistency with language in other policies.

Reduction in Force Policy Proposal

  • Changed policy title to Reduction in Force Policy.
  • Removed erroneous language stating employees lose all State Employee Protection Act benefits if they reject a reinstatement offer. By statute, employees rejecting reinstatement offers only lose rights to future re-employment and reinstatement.
  • Removed language stating laid-off employees may compete for positions as internal applicants in the original employing agency if agency policy allows.
  • Generally updated policy for grammar, clarity, and consistency with language in other policies.

Furlough Policy

  • New policy establishing procedures for implementing furloughs in Montana state government.

Concerned persons may submit their comments or suggestions on the proposed actions either electronically or in writing, no later than 5 p.m., September 29, to:

Lisa Coligan
Department of Administration
125 N Roberts Street, Room 125
PO Box 200127
Helena, MT 59620
Fax: (406) 444-3854
Email: lcoligan@mt.gov

The Department of Administration will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this process or need an alternative accessible format of this notice.  If you require an accommodation, contact Lisa Coligan no later than 5 p.m., September 22, 2017, to advise of the nature of the accommodation needed.