I don't normally blog about work, but this is a pretty big deal.
Nearly 1,000 Allegheny County employees will soon be eligible for six weeks of paid parental leave benefits.
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced the new policy at a press conference this morning with officials including Pittsburgh Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, who proposed a similar plan for 430 city workers last month.
"The fact that the United States still lags behind, really, the rest of the world when it comes to providing paid parental leave is unbelievable to me," Mr. Fitzgerald said in a statement. "Providing this benefit to employees of Allegheny County is the right thing to do for our employees, for their children and for our county."
The new policy doesn't cover me since I'm in a union, but Fitz indicated that the benefit will be extended to union members as the collective barganing agreements come up for renewal. We're in the middle of that process right now.
When we had our foster child placed with us in August, I was able to use FMLA to jigger some unused vacation time in order to be with her for the first week she was with us. Six weeks paid leave would have gone much further towards the bonding process.