Ferndale announces paid parental leave policy for city employees

City offering 12 weeks of paid time off

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FERNDALE, Mich. – Ferndale is joining the trend of some major tech companies by offering generous paid time off for employees who become new parents.

The city this week announced that the new 12 weeks of parental leave applies for maternity, paternity and adoptions.

Under the new plan, employees automatically get 6 weeks of paid leave. Then, the city will match up to 3 weeks of accrued vacation or sick time.

Ferndale City Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem Melanie Piana spearheaded the policy.

“I saw a need for our local government to offer better balance for families, and to enact policies that make a difference in our community,” Piana said. “Flexible work environments allow employees to balance life circumstances, which in turn improves work-life balance, productivity, and workplace culture.”

President Barack Obama’s 2016 budget includes more than $2 billion in new funds to encourage states to develop paid family and medical leave programs.

Piana said that one of the policy’s key motivators was to promote gender equality and create a family-friendly workplace for employees.

“Ferndale is known for its acceptance and promotion of diversity,” Piana said. “The new paid parental leave policy contributes to closing the gender wage gap and provides a flexible, supportive environment for employees with families.”