Richland County implementing paid parental leave policy

Richland County Council approved a paid parental leave policy for all full-time and part-time employees during Council’s regularly scheduled meeting October 3.

The new policy will take effect January 1, making Richland the second county in the state to adopt one.

Eligible staff will receive:
 • Six weeks of paid leave for both parents and co-parents
 • Paid leave for parents experiencing the placement of a foster child 12 months or younger
 • Paid leave for employees who experience a still birth

“We should be extremely proud of Richland County and this Council for supporting our employees in making paid parental leave a reality,” said Jesica Mackey, District 9 Councilwoman and vice chair of Richland County Council.

Mackey added that the policy’s adoption also will bolster the County’s stature as an employer of choice in South Carolina.

“This move will prove highly effective in the County’s ability to recruit and retain employees, which will contribute to our already dynamic workforce,” Mackey said.

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