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Paid Family Leave for Nashville Municipal Workers!

Paid family leave is coming to municipal workers in Nashville, Tennessee! Earlier this week the Civil Service Commission unanimously voted to adopt a plan that will give Metro Nashville workers approximately six weeks of paid leave for welcoming a new child to the family as well as for the care of a seriously ill parent, child, or spouse. 

Nashville, the first city in Tennessee to have this policy, joins a growing list of municipalities recognizing the value of providing this important benefit in order to recruit and retain a talented workforce.

We applaud Nashville Mayor Megan Barry for her leadership on this groundbreaking step. We also thank the Metro Council and Civil Service Commission for their support as well. The Mayor’s office worked with the Mayor’s Council on Gender Equity to research paid family leave and make recommendations. A Better Balance is honored to serve on the Council on Gender Equity and has enjoyed working on this critical program to ensure that no municipal employee has to worry about job security during a medical emergency or with a baby on the way.

Pat Shea and Ronald Roberts co-chair the Council on Gender Equity. The Family Services Subcommittee, which has been working on paid family leave, is co-chaired by Elizabeth Gedmark, of A Better Balance and Chris Sanders, of the Tennessee Equality Project. Other Family Services Subcommittee members include: Maura-Lee Albert, Agenia Clark, Judy Cummings, Councilman Anthony Davis, and Billye Sanders.

We are particularly pleased that this paid family leave is not only for parents, but will also include caregivers, making Nashville a leader in municipal paid family leave policies.