Parental leave legislation now in the hands of Mayor Keller

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Legislation giving paid leave to new parents who work with the city is now in the hands of the mayor.

Monday, the city council approved revising their personnel policy. 

According to the agenda, it would give city employees up to 12 weeks of paid leave when they, their spouse or domestic partner have a baby.

It also applies to employees who become adoptive or foster parents.

The policy will take effect in 10 days unless vetoed by Mayor Tim Keller. However, his administration has voiced support of the legislation.

Currently, employees with new children can take 12 weeks of unpaid leave or use other time off such as vacation or sick time.

To qualify for paid parental leave, employees must have worked for the city at least a year and will have to use the leave within six months of the birth or adoption.

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