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.”
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:
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.
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.