C019 Church-Wide Paid Family Leave Policy

Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That the 79th General Convention call upon the Presiding Bishop and President of the House of Deputies to appoint a task force consisting of lay and ordained members to research and create a proposal for a church-wide paid family leave policy for consideration at the 80th General Convention; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention request the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance to consider a budget allocation of $30,000 for the implementation of this resolution.

Explanation

The only paid leave provided across The Episcopal Church related to family life is physical disability for childbearing women. It is past time for our church to provide more relevant and needed paid leave for those caring for ill family members, and for new parents. The Episcopal Church already has a structure through the Church Pension Group through which such a program could be created and made available to all dioceses that wish to participate.