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City Council approves 12 weeks of paid parental leave for Minneapolis employees

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The City Council has approved a resolution amending the City’s paid parental leave policy to allow for 12 weeks of paid parental leave for City employees.

Previously, the policy allowed for three weeks of paid leave for eligible employees for the birth or placement for adoption of a child. Providing the benefit of 12 weeks of paid leave recognizes the importance of family and work-life balance and will help the City continue to attract and retain employees. The new policy will also retroactively cover City employees who had a qualifying event within 12 weeks of the policy’s effective date.

The resolution notes: “The City of Minneapolis is committed to providing competitive benefits that are flexible, and when possible, responsive to the needs of our employees. Providing these types of benefits enables the City to continue to attract and retain a qualified, engaged and diverse workforce. Moreover, the City of Minneapolis recognizes the need to support employees as they balance their career and family life. A paid parental leave policy recognizes family and work-life balance as important and vital to the success of the City of Minneapolis.”

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