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Legislation #: 180074 Introduction Date: 2/8/2018
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Sponsor: MAYOR JAMES, JR., COUNCILMEMBERS BARNES JR., MCMANUS, WAGNER, REED, SHIELDS, HALL, CANADY, FOWLER, JUSTUS AND TAYLOR
Title: Honoring efforts to enact legislation to provide Paid Family and Medical Leave.

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1/31/2018 Filed by the Clerk's office
2/8/2018 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 180074

 

Honoring efforts to enact legislation to provide Paid Family and Medical Leave.

 

WHEREAS, the Family and Medical Leave Act 1993 (FMLA) provides unpaid, job-protected leave for health events, including parental leave, family care leave, personal medical leave and military caregiver leave has been used nationally more than 200 million times, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families; and

 

WHEREAS, a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Labor found that about 40 percent of the workforce is ineligible for FMLA leave; and

 

WHEREAS, the Department of Labor study and data from the Pew Research Center shows that the main reason employees in the United States do not take unpaid leave under the federal Family Medical Leave Act is that they cannot afford it; and

 

WHEREAS, only 15 percent of workers receive paid leave through their employer, and 60 percent of workers who take partial or unpaid leave say that they find it difficult to make ends meet; and

 

WHEREAS, paid leave supports employees, the economy by boosting labor force participation, increasing productivity, reducing turnover and replacement costs, reducing absenteeism, and improving job satisfaction; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, in 2015, began providing an eligible employee who is the birthing mother up to six (6) weeks of pay at 100% of her base pay and an additional two (2) weeks of leave at 100% of base pay if it is deemed medically necessary for the birthing mother to recover from a cesarean section delivery and/or other documented medical complications associated with the birth; and

 

WHEREAS, all other eligible parents will receive up to six (6) continuous weeks of pay at 100% of base pay; and

 

WHEREAS, it will require a broad coalition, both nationally and locally to ensure that paid family leave laws are instituted; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council recognize the efforts of local organizations, such as the Women’s Foundation and Communities Creating Opportunities (CCO) to enact paid Family and Medical Leave (FMLA); and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to members of the Women’s Foundation and CCO.

 

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