Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Resolution
2015-293

Resolution to Adopt a Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Paid Parental Leave Policy Effective January 1, 2015

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Department:Human ResourcesSponsors:
Category:Policy

Item Discussion

Whereas, The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (“MPRB”) is the steward of the Minneapolis Park System;

 

Whereas, The MPRB considers its employees to be a valuable asset;

 

Whereas, The MPRB is interested in recruiting and retaining qualified employees;

 

Whereas, Paid parental leave is emerging as a trend amongst public employers in Minnesota as an additional benefit to attract and retain employees and support work-life balance in working families;

 

Whereas, Staff drafted and presented a Paid Parental Leave Policy based on other Minnesota public sector policies;

 

Whereas, The MPRB Leadership Team has reviewed and commented on the Paid Parental Leave Policy; and

 

Whereas, This resolution is supported by the MPRB 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan, which includes the value of Visionary Leadership including actions to learn and apply best practices, openly explore new ideas and trends and encourage bold, effective ideas;

 

Resolved, That the Board of Commissioners adopt a Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Paid Parental Leave Policy effective  January 1, 2015; and

 

Resolved, That the President of the Board and Secretary to the Board are authorized to take all necessary administrative actions to implement this resolution.

 

 

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BACKGROUND

 

The action considers the adoption of a Paid Parental Leave policy for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation board (MPRB) that would be effective January 1, 2015.

 

Beginning in 2014, a handful of public employers in Minnesota announced new paid parental leave policies as a way to attract and retain employees and support work-life balance in working families.  Parental leave is an unpaid leave of absence under state law and can run concurrent with the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  FMLA is also considered an unpaid leave of absence; however qualified employees can opt to use accrued vacation or sick leave to remain in a paid status and thus continue payment of his/her portion of benefits out of a bi-weekly paycheck.  An employee taking parenting leave will use accrued time under FMLA to remain in a paid status.  To be eligible for FMLA, an employee must be employed by the MPRB for at least twelve (12) months and have worked a minimum of 1044 hours during the 12-month period prior to the leave.  (NOTE:  Federal FMLA requires 1250 hours; however 1044 hours is based on current MPRB FMLA policy.) 

 

Paid Parental Leave would provide eligible employees paid leave due to the birth of an employee’s child or the placement within the employee’s home of an adopted child.  Staff found the number of hours of paid parental leave offered by Minnesota public employers varied from 80-160 hours (2-4 weeks).  The City of Minneapolis offers 120 hours (3 weeks) of paid parental leave to eligible employees.  The City Council approved the policy on May 1, 2015 with an effective date of January 1, 2015. 

 

Staff has worked with Finance to estimate the average cost of wage and fringe for three weeks for a MPRB employee as $5,209 per employee.  This does not include the cost for any “back-filling” of positions while employees are out on paid parental leave.

 

The new Paid Parental Leave Policy was reviewed by the Superintendent’s Leadership Team on July 28, 2015, and is attached for review and consideration (Attachment 1).

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

Staff recommends that the Board of Commissioners adopt a Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Paid Parental Leave Policy effective January 1, 2015.

 

This action is supported by the following vision statements in the MPRB 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan.

 

Value:              Visionary Leadership

 

 

 

Meeting History

Aug 19, 2015 5:10 PM  Administration & Finance Committee Committee Meeting

Approved as Amended

RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Scott Vreeland, Vice Chair, Commissioner District 3
AYES:Anita Tabb, Scott Vreeland, Meg Forney, Jon Olson, Annie Young
Aug 19, 2015 5:10 PM  Administration & Finance Committee Committee Meeting

Amend Resolution 2015-293 as follows:

Resolution to Adopt a Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Paid Parental Leave Policy Effective (remove: July 1,2015) (add: January 1, 2015)

Resolved, That the Board of Commissioners adopt a Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Paid Parental Leave Policy effective (remove: July 1,2015) (add: January 1, 2015); and

Amend the policy as follows:

To be eligible for leave under this policy an employee must meet the following:

1) Be a certified or appointed employee who is eligible for Family Medical Leave (FMLA)

2) (remove: Have no disciplinary action in the previous two years for misuse of sick leave)

RESULT:AMENDMENT ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Jon Olson, Commissioner District 2
AYES:Anita Tabb, Scott Vreeland, Meg Forney, Jon Olson, Annie Young
Sep 2, 2015 5:00 PM  Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Regular Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Scott Vreeland, Vice President, Commissioner District 3
SECONDER:Brad Bourn, Commissioner District 6
AYES:Liz Wielinski, Scott Vreeland, Brad Bourn, John Erwin, Meg Forney, Jon Olson, Annie Young
ABSENT:Steffanie Musich, Anita Tabb