Department of Labor

Innovation Ohio Shines a Local Government Spotlight on Newburgh Heights!

Innovation Ohio Shines a Local Government Spotlight on Newburgh Heights!

The policy is the first of its kind in the United States, and has attracted the attention of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, who praised mayor Trevor Elkins as “a leader on an issue that keeps people up at night.”

Why My Town has the Most Generous Paid Leave Policy in America

Why My Town has the Most Generous Paid Leave Policy in America

In May 2016, Newburgh Heights, Ohio, became the first municipality in the nation to offer six months' paid maternity and paternity leave to public employees. Secretary Perez visited the village of approximately 2,500 people to hear from Mayor Trevor Elkins and employees who will benefit from this policy. We asked Mayor Elkins to share why providing paid leave was important. This is what he told us: