Wake County approves new paid time-off option for parents

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Parents who work for Wake County will be offered paid time off after a policy was approved Monday night.

The Wake County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the Paid Parental Leave Policy for county employees starting next year. The county has close to 4,000 employees and does not anticipate any additional budget appropriations.

Those who qualify will get up to six weeks of paid leave for having a baby, adopting a child or assuming guardianship. Two extra weeks could be approved for when there are complications during birth like a C-section.

Wake County staff said that an employee has to cover that time off with vacation, sick leave or go unpaid. Since December 2015, staff told the board that 50 employees took off using the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for a birth, adoption or placement. Of those, 17 took leave without pay.

On Monday night, the board also unanimously approved the Health and Well-Being policy. It requires in part that the county makes sure there are healthy food and drink options at county meetings and events.

The Paid Parental Leave option for county employees will take effect January 1, 2017.


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