Montgomery County hopes to extend paid parental leave


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — The Montgomery County Council’s Health and Human Services committee recommended Monday that the council approve a bill that will extend paid parental leave.

The bill, Bill 32-16, will add two purposes for leave to the existing parental leave law. It will let employees use paid parental leave for the birth of a child, the adoption of a child, or if a foster child is placed with the employee. It will also let parents take their leave at any time within the first year of birth, adoption or placement.

Councilmember Hucker, the lead sponsor, emphasized that this bill will allow employees additional flexibility for taking care of a new child.

In July, the council approved a bill that requires Montgomery County employers to provide a minimum amount of paid leave. This bill, Bill 60-14. went into effect Oct. 1, to give employers time to adjust. This new bill hopes to make 60-14 more robust and more helpful to new parents.