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City employees in Albuquerque granted paid parental leave

December 28, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — City employees in Albuquerque are being granted paid parental leave under a measure signed by the mayor.

City Councilor Pat Davis, who sponsored the bill, said it would help boost recruitment and make working for City Hall more attractive to working families.

According to Mayor Tim Keller’s office, city employees will become eligible for parental leave after working for the city for 12 months.

They must work 1,250 hours total within those 12 months. That works out to an average of about 24 hours per week.

Under the benefit, the parents can take 12 weeks of paid leave when they or their spouse or domestic partner have a baby, adopt a child or become foster parents of one.

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