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Tennessee to offer state workers 12 weeks paid family leave

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is introducing up to 12 weeks of annual paid family leave for state workers.

The leave will be offered for a variety of life events such as the birth of a child, adoption or foster care, and care for a sick family member. Lee's administration announced the plan Tuesday.

The governor says it will help reduce turnover rates for state employees. His administration also says it will help the state save on health care costs. It could mean $900,000 in annual savings will disappear, however.

The requirement won't extend to private employers or local governments.