Jindal privatizes family leave programs for 9 state agencies

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announces his candidacy for President in Kenner, La., Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (Photo: Gerald Herbert, AP)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration is privatizing management of some state worker benefits, hiring a Chicago-based company to oversee family and medical leave programs across nine agencies.

The administration announced Wednesday the hiring of ComPsych, for a one-year contract that will cost $497,000 and could be renewed for two additional years.

The company will oversee federal requirements governing leaves of absence for birth or adoption of a child, a worker’s medical condition or care of a family member with a serious illness.

ComPsych will handle the programs for nine cabinet agencies, including the economic development, public safety, corrections, health, transportation, social services, juvenile justice and revenue departments and the Division of Administration.

The Jindal administration said privatization will save the state money, rather than having each department run its own program.

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