Dayton city workers now eligible for parental leave

Dayton City Commission (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Dayton, Wednesday, announced a new policy that will impact its employees.

Mayor Nan Whaley announced that the city will now offer six weeks paid parental leave. She made the announcement on Women’s Equality Day. And the mayor says that it’s more than just symbolic; instead, Whaley believes her announcement is putting action towards reaching that equality.

“When we realized we didn’t have a paid parental leave policy, we wanted to make sure that we had one that made sense for our- both women and men that are young,” she told 2 NEWS Reporter Beairshelle Edmé.

According to officials, Dayton becomes the first major Ohio city to offer parental paid leave to its city employees.

To qualify you must be either permanently full-time or part-time employee, working at least 35 hours. The first two weeks are considered a waiting period and are unpaid. The last four weeks you’d be paid at 70 percent of your regular rate.

You can use sick or vacation time to make up the other 30 percent.

“When you find out that life gives you a new challenge, a happy challenge, and your employer has your back that creates a kind of loyalty and desire to continue to put your heart and soul into your job that I think– you can’t exactly measure,” Liz Long, with Innovation Ohio, said.

Brown supports the city’s decision; she’s 6 weeks away from her due date.

Her employer will give her paid time off to be with her baby girl. She worked with Innovation Ohio to create that same option for City of Dayton employees.

City officials say this new policy will not affect the budget’s bottom line. However, they say it’s unknown how this could affect the city’s workplace productivity.

This new Dayton policy is effective immediately and can be used at any time during employment. It does interfere with any benefits you can use from the Family Medical Leave Act, FMLA, which Dayton employees can only use after a year of employment.

The FMLA benefits would allow you to take unpaid time off due to medical reasons.

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