Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new paid parental leave policy for New York City employees on December 22, 2015. New York City employees will now be entitled to six weeks of paid time off for maternity, paternity, adoption, and foster care leave, at 100 percent of salary – or up to 12 weeks total when combined with existing sick or vacation time to approximately 20,000 non-unionized employees.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed an executive order for the new policy to go into effect on January 1, 2016. This brings New York City current with the most generous municipalities in the country, Austin and Pittsburgh.

“Too many new parents face an impossible choice: taking care of their child or getting their paycheck,” said Mayor de Blasio. “New York City is leading by example, putting us at the forefront of paid parental leave policies around the country. This is a common sense policy that will make for healthier and more financially stable working families – making it good for employees and employers.”

The new benefit will come at no cost to New York City taxpayers. To fund the benefit two days of existing vacation leave policy (the 26th and 27th days received by long service employees) will be given back, and the managerial raise scheduled for July 2017 will be repurposed.