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Tallahassee commissioners approve paid leave for both mothers and fathers

Posted at 6:22 PM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 18:22:48-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — More Tallahassee city employees will be able to enjoy parental leave after birth or adoption of a child.

City commissioners unanimously passed a policy that provides six weeks of paid leave to both the mother and father. Before only mothers would be able to take paid leave.

Mayor John Dailey says this now fully represents who Tallahassee is as a community.

"My chief of staff, who is a new father who would not be eligible, but it became very apparent very quickly with the newborn in the house he does not have paid parental leave he has to use vacation time and so it really started to make me think this is something we really need to move forward," said Mayor Dailey. "If we're going to be a 21st century city, this is a very important policy."

Dailey says they still need to discuss how it impacts police and fire officers because they are under separate agreements.