Paid Parental Leave

The United States is the only developed nation in the world that does not have a policy and practice of guaranteeing paid time off for the arrival of a new child. Paid parental leave has been linked to stronger bonding between parents and children, and long lasting health benefits. Paid parental leave also plays an important role in addressing gender-based pay inequity, by increasing the retention and earnings of women employees, and bolstering efforts to recruit women.

In April 2015, the City of Seattle adopted a Paid Parental Leave Policy that guarantees four weeks of continuous or intermittent paid leave for the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a new child or children in a 12 month period. This leave can be used by employees after six months of employment with the City of Seattle, and can be used in addition to other accrued leave, including vacation and sick leave.

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The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) works to advance civil rights and end barriers to equity. We enforce laws against illegal discrimination in employment, housing, public places, and contracting within Seattle.