NYC employees to receive paid parental leave

Posted at 9:47 AM, Dec 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-22 11:47:31-05

New York City's non-union employees will soon have six weeks of paid parental leave.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that he will sign an executive order next month adding the benefit.

Approximately 20,000 employees will now get the six weeks fully paid, which can increase to 12 weeks with existing paid time off. They didn't have paid parental leave time before.

The change doesn't affect the city's 300,000 unionized workers. But officials say the benefit can be added to those contracts via collective bargaining.

To cover the $15 million cost, the non-union employees will give back two vacation days and the city will rescind a small portion of a planned 2017 raise.

De Blasio says the change brings New York in line with cities like Pittsburgh and Austin, Texas.