FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan 8, 2020
Angie Poss, Assistant Commissioner of Communications
SANTA FE, NM – On January 3, 2020, Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard signed her first Executive Order of 2020 to provide a paid 12-week parental leave policy for employees of the State Land Office.
This order follows Governor Lujan Grisham’s Executive Order on December 31, 2019 to provide eligible state employees who work at agencies under her oversight paid parental leave. The Governor urged other independent State agencies to also provide this important benefit.
“I’m extremely grateful to the Governor for taking this initiative and prompting systemic change. The Land Office is committed to supporting working parents and promoting the health of our employees and their families,” Commissioner Garcia Richard said. “This comprehensive paid parental leave policy gives us an edge in recruiting and retaining dedicated and talented staff, which has been a priority my first year in office.”
The Land Office currently maintains a vacancy rate of 9.8%, which is down 11% since Commissioner Garcia Richard was sworn in January 1, 2018.
View: Executive Order 2020-001.