Mayor Coleman Speaks on Paid Leave

Mayor Coleman Speaks on Paid Leave during White House Panel

Saint Paul paid leave policy implemented January 1, 2015 as one of the first city policies in Minnesota

WASHINGTON, DC – Mayor Chris Coleman today addressed mayors from around the country as part of a White House panel discussion on the implementation of policies aimed at strengthening U.S. families, such as paid parental leave. The City of Saint Paul passed a paid parental leave policy last year for all city employees that went into effect at the beginning of 2015.

“As in business, our cities need to attract a talented workforce if we are going to remain competitive and find ways to innovate,” said Mayor Coleman. “Paid parental leave is a small cost compared to its massive benefit – the ability to attract and retain young, talented people who are looking for a modern workplace that supports both them and their families.”

Mayor Coleman announced his inclusion of a paid parental leave policy for City employees in his 2015 budget, which passed City Council and went into effect January 1, 2015. With a workforce of 2,850 employees, Saint Paul is one of the first cities in Minnesota to offer paid parental leave.

President Barack Obama focused heavily on policies aimed at benefiting middle-class, working families in his State of the Union address this week. Earlier this month he also announced a proposal for $2.2 billion in new funds to go towards encouraging states to implement paid leave and minimum wage policies across the country.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chief of Staff Tina Tchen and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges also participated in the panel.