Among the changes that would be in the favor of employees would be: increasing salaries in the so-called “STEM” fields as well as for medical personnel; raising the buyout maximum from $25,000 to $40,000 and allow management to offer buyouts in more circumstances; creating an entitlement to 18 weeks of paid parental leave for birth mothers and 12 weeks for spouses and “partners” (not defined), as well as 12 weeks for adoption purposes; and creating a presumption that new parents would have the right to switch to part-time work for a year, with job protections. The provisions regarding parenthood are described as within the department’s rule-making discretion, although the assumption all along is that paid parental leave cannot be granted without a change in law. Certain other plans would be clearly within existing discretion, however, including several recruiting initiatives aimed at bringing in younger persons, those especially well-qualified and those in high-demand occupations.