File #: 2015-0495    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/16/2015 In control: Transportation, Economy, and Environment Committee
On agenda: Final action: 12/7/2015
Enactment date: 12/16/2015 Enactment #: 18190
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to a paid parental leave pilot program for leave-eligible employees.
Sponsors: Rod Dembowski
Indexes: Human Resources Management Division
Attachments: 1. Ordinance 18190.pdf, 2. 2015-0495 legislative review form.pdf, 3. A. Paid Parental Leave - A Work Plan for Implementing Paid Parental Leave at King County - November 12, 2015, 4. 2015-0495 transmittal letter.docx, 5. 2015-0495 fiscal note.doc, 6. Jessica Knaster Wasse comment on paid leave.docx, 7. 2015-0495_SR_Briefing_on_PPL_and_KCFML_Concurrency.docx, 8. 2015-0495_SR_Paid-Parental_Leave_2015-12-07 w attachments.pdf, 9. 18190 amendment package 12-7-15.pdf
AN ORDINANCE relating to a paid parental leave pilot program for leave-eligible employees.
1. Under federal and state law, eligible employees are entitled to take up to twelve weeks of leave for the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child. During that period, employees' jobs are protected, and they continue to receive employer paid health benefits; however, there is no requirement that employees be paid during the leave.
2. The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not mandate paid parental leave.
3. Paid maternity leave can increase breastfeeding rates and duration, reduce the risk of infant mortality and increase the likelihood of infants receiving well-baby care and vaccinations.
4. Fathers who take time off from work around childbirth are likely to spend more time with their children in the months following their children's birth, which could reduce stress on the family and contribute to father-infant bonding.
5. A 2012 U.S. Department of Labor survey found that the number of employees who reported needing leave, but not using it, had doubled since 2000. The most-common reasons for not using leave were inability to afford an unpaid leave and fear of losing one's job. Those who did not take needed leave were disproportionately women, nonwhite, unmarried, and earning less than $35,000 per year.
6. The King County women's advisory board has issued a report, Improving Wage Equity and Promoting Family Friendly Workplace Policies throughout King County, that recommends that King County offer paid parental leave to its employees.
7. Providing paid parental leave may help attract and retain employees and may reduce employee turnover, which has been estimated to cost twenty-one percent of an employee's annual salary.
8. Providing paid parental leave supports King County's commitment to equity and social justice, in that it makes parental leave more affordable for lower...

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