NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Christiana Care Health System, Delaware’s largest private employer, will begin offering paid parental leave to its employees for the first time.

The Delaware News Journal reports Christiana officials announced Wednesday the system will grant at least 12 weeks of paid parental leave to its 12,000 employees for parents to use during the birth, adoption or fostering of their child.

Employees told the news outlet that they previously had to use paid time off, disability leave and benefits from the Family and Medical Leave Act, a federal law that entitles employees to 12 weeks of unpaid leave.

Last year the Delaware General Assembly passed legislation granting state employees 12 weeks of paid family leave. The state government is Delaware’s largest employer.

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