Leon County approves paid parental leave for employees

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By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 12, 2017

Parental leave graphic by MGN.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Leon County Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to provide paid parental leave to county employees.

Both women and men will be eligible to receive six weeks of paid leave to care for a newborn or newly-adopted child as an employee benefit. The new policy allows employees to keep their sick leave for use when they return from parental leave.

"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," said Commission Chairman John E. Dailey.

Leon County joins a growing number of local governments in Florida to offer paid parental leave.

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