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NYC employees to have six weeks of paid parental leave

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Staff writer ▼ | December 22, 2015
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new paid parental leave policy for New York City employees, providing six weeks of paid time off for maternity, paternity, adoption, and foster care leave.
Bill de Blasio
New York   At 100 percent of salary
This is at 100 percent of salary – or up to 12 weeks total when combined with existing leave.

This new policy brings New York City in line with the most generous localities in the country, Austin and Pittsburgh.

Mayor de Blasio will sign an Executive Order so that the City can provide its approximately 20,000 managerial and original jurisdiction employees with this new paid parental leave policy as of January 1, 2016.

Any changes to benefits for represented employees must be done through collective bargaining, and the City is ready to immediately enter talks with its municipal unions about extending the policy to their covered employees.

“Too many new parents face an impossible choice: taking care of their child or getting their paycheck,” said Mayor de Blasio.

“New York City is leading by example, putting us at the forefront of paid parental leave policies around the country. This is a common sense policy that will make for healthier and more financially stable working families – making it good for employees and employers.”

“No one should miss the sweet miracle of those early weeks because they are forced to choose between paying their bills and taking care of their baby,” said First Lady Chirlane McCray, honorary chair of the city's Commission on Gender Equity.

“New parents need time to bond properly with the baby and also adjust to the new life. Having a baby can be tough, even while it is full of joy. In a place like New York City, where new parents are often far from family support, giving new moms and dads paid leave means healthier families.”