Family leave after the birth, adoption or taking in a foster child for all of the about 360 town employees is scheduled for another round of discussion at Thursday’s, Sept. 8 council meeting at 7 p.m.
“Parents need that time to create that emotional bond with their new children,” said Vice Mayor Ilan Kaufer, who came up with the plan. “They should not have to worry about economic instability during this time.”
Calculating that there would be eight births annually, the annual cost of the plan to the town would depend on the length of the paid leave.
Allowing employees, including police officers, to take six weeks off would cost the town about $93,000.
Allowing them to take 12 weeks off would be about $185,000, according to a town staff report.
The policy attracts high-quality workers and encourages them to stay, say supporters.
Opponents say the cost is too high and question the policy as a recruiting tool.
Studies show about 11 percent of American employees have paid family leave.
Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, government employees who have worked for a state, local or federal agency for more than 12 months are entitled to take up to 12 weeks off after the birth or adoption of a child, because of a serious illness or to care for a relative with a serious illness.
The leave under FMLA is unpaid.
Jupiter Vice-Mayor Ilan Kaufer