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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:

Parental-leave law in Newburgh Heights gets attention of White House

Parental-leave law in Newburgh Heights gets attention of White House

NEWBURGH HEIGHTS, Ohio-- The village of Newburgh Heights drew the attention of the White House Monday afternoon. A member of the President’s Cabinet traveled to the small community of 2,500 people to talk with its Mayor about Newburgh’s precedent-setting paid family leave policy.

NPR: Small Ohio Town Passes Progressive Parental Leave Policy

NPR: Small Ohio Town Passes Progressive Parental Leave Policy

The Village of Newburgh Heights, outside Cleveland, is a working class community of about 2,500 residents. It's also home to the most progressive parental leave policy of any municipality in the nation. As of last week, full-time public employees will be eligible for six months of paid parental leave after the birth of a child.