Workers in the Franklin County auditor’s staff can take up to six weeks of paid family leave effective Tuesday.
The new policy, which has the potential to affect 124 of the office’s staff members, was announced on Tuesday by Auditor Michael Stinziano.
This gender-neutral policy will offer leave to both parents as well as employees taking take of covered family members — spouses, children and parents — with serious medical conditions.
“Employees shouldn’t have to worry that the birth of their child or an ailing parent will cause financial distress,” Stinziano said in a statement released on Tuesday. “We want to have a supportive work environment where our staff can provide the best possible service to Franklin County residents.”
The office previously met the minimum requirements of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, granting unpaid leave to its employees. FMLA requires employers to provide unpaid and job-protected leave to eligible employees for family and medical reasons.
To be eligible for this new policy, employees have worked full-time for at least a year and worked a minimum of 1,250 hours in the year preceding the requested leave.
There are other offices in Franklin County that are offering two weeks of paid leave as part of a pilot program, said Stinziano, who took office on March 11. But this is the only office with six weeks of paid leave.
This new policy is expected to boost staff morale and also help maintain high standards for customer service, he said
“We are excited by the implementation of this policy,” Stinziano added.