Employees talk about importance of paid parental leave

Several employees are featured in a new King County TV video talking about the importance of bonding with a new-born child and how King County’s Paid Parental Leave pilot program will help them create that bond.

“All the study shows that if you have that dedicated time that’s focused on a child you have better health outcomes for the child but also for the parents,” Councilmember Rod Dembowski said in the video. “And in this case, the program we’re talking about here, the parents are King County employees and we want to have good health outcomes for them, we want to have them return to work. So it’s also about being a good employer and a smart employer.”

King County Executive Dow Constantine’s proposal for paid parental leave was approved by the County Council on Monday, Dec. 7. Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, County employees will be allowed to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave when welcoming a new family member through birth, adoption, or foster-to-adopt placement. This supplemental benefit will be available to both new mothers and fathers.

Watch the video below and find out more about the pilot program here.