Marines give moms, dads more time off with update to parental-leave policy
The Marine Corps has changed its parental-leave policy so that new mothers and fathers can spend more time with their children.
The update – which went into effect June 14 and can be used by parents whose children were born as far back as Dec. 23, 2016 – adds six weeks of primary caregiver leave that can be taken in conjunction with six weeks of maternity leave, according to the new policy.
The service defines a primary caregiver as the parent primarily responsible for the care of a child in the case of a qualifying birth or adoption.
Primary caregiver leave, which can be delayed for up to one year, can also be transferred to the other parent for dual-military couples, the policy says.
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