Metro Council approves Paid Parental Leave for Metro Government Employees

March 26, 2021

Louisville– In a unanimous vote, the Louisville Metro Council has approved paid parental leave for employees welcoming a child by birth or adoption. The new ordinance could affect 5,000 Metro Government employees.

“Family is the foundation of every community. Today’s ordinance simple reinforces Louisville Metro’s Commitment to family and financial wellness for our employees. Again this is legislation that literally makes us as Louisville Metro Government put our money where our mouth is we speak of living wages, equity, family support, youth support this legislation is an attempt to address these issues internally,” said Councilwoman Keisha Dorsey (D-3). “I’m proud to be the sponsor and I want to thank my brother former Councilman Brandon Coan for his work initiating this endeavor on behalf of all Louisville Metro employees.”

“Parental leave has the potential to transform family life on many levels including the advancement of gender equality. I’m proud to see Metro leading the way in supportive policies that encourage health of the workforce while simultaneously inspiring more efficient city services,” said Councilwoman Nicole George (D-21), a co-sponsor of the ordinance.

The idea for providing the benefit to Metro employees was first proposed by former Councilman Coan in 2020. The concern being the hardship some employees face when having a newborn and still maintaining a job while taking care of the child.

Joining Dorsey and George as additional sponsors are Council members Jessica Green (D-1), Cassie Chambers Armstrong (D-8), Amy Holton Stewart (D-25), Anthony Piagentini (R-19), James Peden (R-23), and President David James (D-6).

Among the highlights of the ordinance:

  • 12 weeks of paid leave for parents welcoming a child by birth or adoption.
  • 2 weeks for families receiving a child placed through foster or kinship care.
  • A collaborative effort by a team who has seen the importance of family-friendly policies from all perspectives.
  • Designed to increase the city’s ability to recruit and retain employees.
  • In line with the trends of peer cities.

              “Paid family leave is an important tool to help us recruit and retain qualified employees, and studies have shown that it is a cost-effective investment for our city,” said Councilwoman Chambers Armstrong. “As a mom of an infant and a toddler, I am proud to see Metro Council taking steps to support our working families.”

“New parents need the time to care and nurture their child without the stress of budgeting time off or debating whether they can afford it. As a new grandmother, I am proud to sponsor this legislation to keep Louisville Metro competitive with our corporate employers and to offer quality of life benefits that strengthen working family bonds,” said Councilwoman Holton Stewart.

The Ordinance now goes to Mayor Greg Fischer for his signature.




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