City of Albuquerque employees are now guaranteed time off when they become parents.
Mayor Tim Keller signed legislation Thursday granting twelve weeks of paid leave when an employee or the employee’s spouse of domestic partner has or adopts a baby.
City Councilor Pat Davis, who sponsored the legislation, says the idea came from feedback gathered during an employee survey, indicating city workers would be more likely to stick around after having kids if they had paid leave.
“…found actual data in the city about what it would cost, how many families it would impact, and what that meant. And at the end of the day, that made it perfectly clear, even to early doubters that this was a smart decision for any employer like the city of Albuquerque,” says Davis.
The benefit kicks in after someone has worked for the city for a year.