Paid Parental Leave
The paid parental leave program provides eligible employees up to twelve weeks (480 hours) paid leave to bond with their new child. You are eligible for paid parental leave if you have been in a regularly appointed position and/or temporary benefits-eligible assignment for at least six months and experienced one of the following qualifying events:
- Birth of a child
- Placement of a child for adoption
- Placement of a child for foster care
- Placement of a child for legal guardianship
The newborn or recently placed child may also be a child of the employee's spouse or domestic partner. All eligible employees receive eight weeks of paid parental leave regardless of their leave balances. Employees are granted up to an additional four weeks of leave based on their vacation and sick leave balances on the date of the birth or placement. Employees must use the leave before the first anniversary of the child's birth or placement.
See Frequently Asked Questions for additional information about benefit eligibility, the application process, documentation, timesheet coding, and using paid parental leave. This benefit has been enhanced since paid parental leave was established in May of 2015; the twelve-week benefit is retroactive to January 1, 2017. If you have questions or want to apply for paid parental leave, please contact your department's Leave Coordinator or contact Shauna Fitzner at Shauna.Fitzner@seattle.gov. Shauna is available to answer any questions on this or other employee leave programs.
* Regular employees or temporary employees who are benefits-eligible per Seattle Municipal Code Subsection 4.20.055(C).