This morning, Council member Lorena Gonzalez launched an effort to secure a paid leave benefit for all employees in Seattle. But she’s not alone: the state legislature is currently working on the same issue.
It was a very news-worthy council briefing: a preview of this afternoon’s debate and vote on the source-of-income discrimination ban, what’s up with secure scheduling legislation, lots of stuff in the GESCNA committee, an update on the homeless crisis response and a throw-down between Council members Juarez and O’Brien over the North Precinct police station.
Wednesday the Council’s Gender Equity, Safe Communities, and New Americans Committee got to hear more details on the proposals for parental leave and paid family care leave for city employees — collectively “paid family leave.”
The City Council and the Mayor made a big joint announcement today: a plan for increasing the parental leave benefit for employees of the City of Seattle as well as adding a paid family leave benefit.
Last Wednesday Council member Lorena Gonzalez held a committee hearing on paid family leave. While it didn’t provide much in the way of direction, it did help to clarify what the parameters are in a paid family leave policy, and the presenters brought forth a tremendous amount of useful data about what other cities, states and countries are doing.
It was a short Council Briefing without any presentations, but here are the highlights from the roundtable discussion.