UPPER ARLINGTON, OH (WCMH) — Upper Arlington becomes the first community of its size in central Ohio to offer employees paid parental leave for both gender parents.
Upper Arlington’s new policy will allow new parents of either gender to take up to six weeks of paid parental leave to bond with a newborn or a recently adopted child.
“This new benefit will allow the City to retain key employees who may otherwise leave the workforce and assist with closing the pay gap between men and women,” according to a release by Upper Arlington’s Human Resources Director, Christopher Brady to the League of Women in Government.
The policy allows the employee a two-week waiting period before benefits begin and then will be paid at 70% of their normal wages for the remaining four weeks.
Employees may supplement their own leave balances for the waiting period and/or the remaining four weeks of benefit time.
“With men and women composing almost equal parts of the workplace, many of which are in the child-bearing phases of their lives, it is as important now as ever that we strike a balance between the genders when it comes to workplace obligations as it relates to raising a family with children,” states the release.