According to Deseret News, major changes to workplace guidelines for LDS church employees were announced Wednesday morning.
The changes include allowing women to wear dress slacks and pants to work and allowing men to wear light-colored shirts and take off their suit jackets. The biggest change, however, revolves around parental leave. In the past, women were granted 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave after giving birth. Now, women working full-time will be granted six weeks of paid maternity leave. A week of paid paternal leave is also being granted to both men and women who adopt children.
“Church leadership is constantly reviewing the workplace and its impact on the lives of employees,” the church said in a statement. “The work environment at the church is a reflection of efforts to reinforce the important teaching that the family is central to our eternal destiny. The new leave benefits are part of recruiting and retaining a highly effective and happy workforce.”
Of the changes, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles said, “I would hope that Latter-day Saints would be at the forefront in creating an environment in the workplace that is more receptive and accommodating to both men and women.”