San Francisco, weather and scenery notwithstanding, gets its fair share of bad PR.
From its abysmal lack of parking anywhere in the city to former Journey frontman Steve Perry using his esteemed career to only sing during a 7th inning stretch to the extreme disparity between the rich and poor, there are plenty of negative headlines going around.
So when the city put forth a vote for fully mandated and paid parental leave, many people paid attention. Celebrate, dads because this could set a trend — it passed, making San Francisco the first city in the country to do so.
The unanimous vote by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors comes a day after New York passed a law requiring up to 12 weeks of partially paid time off for new parents that it funded through a weekly payroll tax.
Board of Supervisors unanimously passed my #PaidParentalLeave legislation; makes SF 1st place in US to guarantee 6 fully paid weeks of leave
— Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) April 5, 2016
Supervisor Wiener also said before the vote, “The vast majority of workers in this country have little or no access to paid parental leave, and that needs to change.”
Welp, it did. At least, it will officially in 2017. That’s when San Francisco businesses will have to share the cost of mandatory paternal leave with the state.
Federal law grants workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. California, Rhode Island and New Jersey are the only three states in the nation that already provide partial pay, with the money coming from employees. Legislators in New York last month approved up to 12 weeks of partial pay.
However, with this vote: Advantage, the city by the Bay-ay-yay-ay.
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