POLITICS

Bill would guarantee paid leave for parents who suffer miscarriage or stillbirth

Jan 17, 2022, 11:20 AM
miscarriage still birth...
Patient in hospital gown comforted by doctor. Photo: Canva

SALT LAKE CITY — If a law passes the upcoming legislative session, some expecting parents would be guaranteed leave time after a miscarriage or stillbirth. 

Utah’s bereavement leave law currently gives employees time off if an immediate family member dies. It does not include pregnancy loss.

Utah Code 477-7-9 lays out the state’s bereavement leave law as it stands. 

Management may grant a maximum of three work days of bereavement leave per occurrence with pay following the death of a member of the employee’s immediate family. Management may not charge bereavement leave against an employee’s accrued sick or annual leave.

The code defines “immediate family” as an employee’s spouse, parents, siblings, children, any level of grandparents, or any level of grandchildren. The law also considers the same family categories of an employee’s spouse in their “immediate family.”

New bill would offer leave for miscarriage, stillbirth

State Sen. Wayne Harper, R-Taylorsville, proposed a bill that would add pregnancy loss through miscarriage or still birth to the categories that qualify for bereavement leave.

The bill comes up for consideration in Utah’s 2022 legislative session beginning on Tuesday. It would give city, county, and state employees paid time off after a miscarriage or stillbirth.

The leave time granted for a miscarriage or stillbirth wouldn’t subtract from their sick days. It would be a part of bereavement leave and apply to both expecting parents. 

It’s extremely rare in the United States to get paid time off after a pregnancy loss. KSL TV’s Kiersten Nunez spoke to a Utah woman who resorted to using some of her sick days after she suffered a miscarriage.

Check out the story from KSL TV here

Other stories:

Today’s Top Stories

Politics

Utah republican debates...
Lindsay Aerts and Devin Oldroyd

Utah Republican Party plans to hold its own debates, Senator Mike Lee will be there

Utah's Republican Party is planning to host its own debate independent of the Utah Debate Commission, sometime before ballots are mailed.
5 days ago
Salt Lake City County Building...
Dan Bammes

Salt Lake City Council set to vote on medical protests

The Salt Lake City Council is trying to address concerns some citizens have voiced to the council about certain protests.
5 days ago
East High School students took part in a walkout to protest the overturning of Roe V. Wade.
Photo: ...
Lindsay Aerts

SLC students hold walkouts in response to Roe v. Wade

Student walkouts took place Thursday at three Salt Lake City high schools. The students were protesting the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
6 days ago
Utah GOP debates...
Aimee Cobabe

Utah GOP and Debate Commission weigh in on debate concerns

Utah GOP leaders want only Republicans to participate in Republican debates this year. The Utah Debate Commission says they'll proceed as normal.
7 days ago
cyber security ring hackers...
Amie Schaeffer

New law designed to tackle how the U.S. government handles cybercrimes

The bipartisan Better Cybercrime Metrics Act is focused on improving how the federal government tracks, analyzes, and prosecutes cybercrime.
12 days ago
Hatch funeral...
Dan Bammes

Grandson remembers Sen. Orrin Hatch prior to funeral

A public viewing at the Utah Capitol on Thursday celebrated late Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, whose funeral will be held Friday afternoon.
12 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
...

Tax Tuesday: Key Information Before the Filing Deadline

Businesses can receive a credit of up to $5,000 per employee in 2020 and up to $21,000 per employee in 2021.
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Bill would guarantee paid leave for parents who suffer miscarriage or stillbirth