PRESS RELEASE: City Council Approves Paid Parental Leave Motion

Los Angeles -- Today, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the Paid Parental Leave motion introduced by Councilmembers David Ryu and Nury Martinez in January. The Council also moved forward on a number of instructions approved in a March 19 joint meeting of the Health, Education, Neighborhoods, Parks, Arts and River Committee (HENPAR), Chaired by Councilmember Ryu, the Economic Development Committee, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Comprehensive Job Creation Plan. The motion seeks to augment existing State funding for Paid Parental Leave to establish up to 18 weeks of fully paid leave for new and expecting parents in the City of Los Angeles.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

April 2, 2019

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City Council Approves Paid Parental Leave Motion

 

Los Angeles -- Today, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the Paid Parental Leave motion introduced by Councilmembers David Ryu and Nury Martinez in January. The Council also moved forward on a number of instructions approved in a March 19 joint meeting of the Health, Education, Neighborhoods, Parks, Arts and River Committee (HENPAR), Chaired by Councilmember Ryu, the Economic Development Committee, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Comprehensive Job Creation Plan. The motion seeks to augment existing State funding for Paid Parental Leave to establish up to 18 weeks of fully paid leave for new and expecting parents in the City of Los Angeles.

“We know that robust paid parental leave policies work to reduce unemployment, increase female participation in the labor force, and shrink the wage gap which persists between male and female workers,” Councilmember Ryu said. “But this isn’t just about statistics and theory. This is about standing with working parents in Los Angeles. This is about removing the barriers that are forcing parents to choose between parenthood and their livelihood. Los Angeles won’t wait around for the federal government - we’re ready to support working families now.”

The joint Committee report approved today includes instructions to the City Administrative Officer and Chief Legislative Analyst to report in 30 days with recommendations to conduct an independent economic analysis on the proposed paid parental leave program, including potential impacts to both employees and employers.

The report also seeks to monitor the ongoing work of Governor Newsom’s Paid Family Leave Program Task Force, explore mitigations to offset the potential costs to business owners, provide options for including part-time and contract employees, and present mechanisms to address potential hiring and workplace discrimination.

Allowing working parents more time to spend with their children in the crucial early stages of life has positive benefits for the child, parent, employer, and the overall economy. The first years of life are recognized as a critical period for children, seeing rapid rates of brain and nervous system development, as well as crucial social bonding time with parents.

Businesses and jurisdictions with paid parental leave policies in place are associated with a 3 to 4 percent increase in employment to population ratios, decreased unemployment, a significant increase in women’s participation in the labor force, and a greater degree of parity between the growth of male and female salaries. Additionally, data has shown that inadequate parental leave policies increase the likelihood that a new parent will not return to their company, and that it is more costly for a company to find and train a replacement worker rather than temporarily cover a worker’s leave if they then return to work.

Read the motion here, policy proposal here, and FAQ here.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.


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