St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman talked up the city’s paid leave program at the White House just ahead of President Obama’s State of the Union. Effective Jan. 1, city employees may now take paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child. Birth parents receive four weeks of paid leave.
Coleman claims the policy will cost the city $200,000 annually, but says the city will make that back in lower turnover, an advantage he says government has over the private sector. He told the White House press corps, “Everyone says you should run government like a business. We’ll never be able to offer the benefits that Google does ... but this helps.”