Paid parental leave starts this week for city employees

Mayor Ed Murray announced that, starting May 17th, the Paid Parental Leave program has gone into effect for City of Seattle employees.

“The start of paid parental leave for the City’s workforce is another example of how the City of Seattle is leading the way in support of workers. Providing paid leave for working parents allows parents a chance to create and strengthen bonds within their families without forcing them to exhaust all of their vacation and sick time, or unfairly take too much unpaid time off,” said Murray. “Thanks to the City Council, the leadership of Councilmember Godden for her passionate advocacy, and the City’s labor partners for working together to pass this legislation and get it implemented in only a few short months. This is the right thing to do for our public employees, for their families and for the community.”

Qualifying employees who have been with the City for at least six months are now eligible to take four weeks per year of paid parental leave after the birth, adoption, or placement of a new child.

“Today marks one of the most meaningful achievements of my career to date. Paid parental leave is a benefit that will help hundreds, if not thousands of women, men and families in the City of Seattle. I have been working towards this for the last year and will continue my work towards gender equity by improving flexible hour policies and day care incentives,” said Councilmember Jean Godden, Chair, Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries and Gender Pay Equity Committee.

For more information, visit the Paid Parental Leave Program webpage.