CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Emanuel is changing the city’s leave policies.
The changes include a scaling back in the amount of unused vacation time employees can stockpile and instituting a uniform maternity policy.
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Under the new vacation leave policy, non-union employees would only be allowed to carry over a maximum of five vacation days from one year to the next.
The move comes after several retiring city employees received large lump sum payments from unused vacation time when they left their city jobs.
Under the maternity policy, women will be able to receive four to six weeks paid leave after giving birth; an adoptive parent will be eligible to receive 2 weeks. Partners and spouses will receive one week. The maternity policy applies to non-union workers.
“What I’m trying to do as mayor is to bring this city into the 21st century,” Emanuel said. “I can’t imagine a major city – look, we employ 30,000 people as a city. We do not have a family medical leave policy.”