Work in Seattle? Six months of paid family leave may soon be an option

The proposal, introduced by Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez on Wednesday, would dramatically increase the compensation for new parents in all sectors. Gonzalez, who championed paid parental leave when she ran for office, is proposing  26 weeks of paid leave to workers to care for a new child or a family member with a serious medical condition. Additionally, the new policy would offer up to 12 weeks of paid leave for an employee facing a serious medical condition, a significant jump from the city’s current paid sick and safe time ordinance, which provides an hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked.

Gonzalez’s effort is now running parallel to efforts in Olympia that would provide similarly generous benefits to new parents. However, that proposal has little guarantee of surviving the politically divided Legislature.

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