County Commissioners Approve Paid Parental Leave

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Posted at 5:59 PM, Jul 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-11 14:02:39-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - County employees are now eligible to receive six weeks of paid parental leave. 

Tuesday, the Leon County Board of County Commissioners voted to provide paid parental leave to County employees.

Both men and women county employees will be eligible to receive six weeks of paid leave to care for and bond with a newborn or newly-adopted child as an employee benefit.

"Today’s action by the Board of County Commissioners further reinforces that our County is a great place to work and live," said Leon County Commission Chairman John E. Dailey. "I know first hand how important the first few weeks of being a parent can be, and this policy shows the County’s support during this time."

The new policy allows employees to keep their accumulated sick and annual leave for use when they return from parental leave when before, new parents could return with little to no accumulated leave.

“This is a great policy for Leon County and it is also a national best practice,” said Leon County Commissioner and National Association of Counties President Bryan Desloge. “From my travels across the nation, I can truly say the work we are doing here in Leon County makes us a leader in the public sector.”