Miami Beach amends employee leave to include paid parental leave

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - The City of Miami Beach announced Wednesday that it has amended its employee leave ordinance to include up to six weeks of paid parental leave for both mothers and fathers.

In a press release, the city announced the passing of the amendment, saying that for up to six weeks following the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child, “An employee shall be paid 100 percent of his or her base wages for the first two weeks, 75 percent of his or her base wages for the following two weeks, and 50 percent of base wages for the remaining two weeks.”

The release also stated that employees could also use accrued leave to receive full compensation during the weeks reimbursed at rates of 75 percent and 50 percent. “This leave shall occur concurrently with, count against, and not be added to periods of unpaid or job protected leave for which the employee may also be eligible, including the federally mandated 12 weeks of Family and Medical Leave Act leave,” the release said.

Employees can take an unlimited number of paid parental leave periods during the duration of their employment with the city, according to the release, but only one six-week paid leave per birth, adoption or foster care placement.

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