Ongoing Paid Parental Leave benefit

paid-parental-leaveBased upon the success of the Paid Parental Leave Pilot Program, King County Council adopted legislation in November establishing an ongoing Paid Parental Leave benefit effective January 1, 2017.

The benefit will be the same as it has been under the pilot program.  Paid Parental Leave supplements an employee’s accrued paid leave to provide the employee the equivalent of his or her full salary for up to a total of twelve weeks, when combined with the employee’s accrued leave (except for one week of sick leave and one week of vacation leave), following the birth, adoption, or foster-to-adopt placement of a child with the employee (“qualifying event”).

The benefit is available to leave-eligible employees who have been employed with the County for at least six months of continuous service at the time of the qualifying event, and are either a non-represented employee or an employee represented by a union that has agreed to participate in the program. A list of participating unions can be found here.

If you have questions, please contact your department’s human resources representative.