GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Starting Sept. 1, the city will offer city employees six weeks paid time off for new moms and dads.
"We are extremely proud of a [city] council that took the lead to step out and make this happen," said Connie Hammond, director of Human Resources. "Allows the employee to basically bond with that new family member, allows the employee to understand they can do that without the stress of worrying about about what's going on back at the job."
The city says the move makes Greensboro the only large city in North Carolina to offer paid parental leave and just one of a few dozen in the country. The benefit is offered to city employees, with at least one year of service, who are welcoming a newborn, adopted child or becoming a guardian of a child.
Research and data shows bonding with a new child has a lasting effect on the child and family unit.
City leaders believe the new policy will also attract some of the best employees and keep them.
"We hope this is a model for the rest of the community."
The policy is just one of many family-friendly policies the city offers, including four hours paid off per year to volunteer or attend a child's school function.