Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and Councilmember Don Rocha want the city to offer some measure of paid parental leave to make it more enticing for new hires and more accommodating of existing workers. Right now, if a woman wants time off for a pregnancy or birth, she has to opt in for long-term disability. There is no option for men.
“Obviously, San Jose is looking for candidates and this would be a great incentive to attract new talent,” Nguyen writes.
Nguyen and Rocha signed off on a memo proposing paid parental leave that goes before the Rules and Open Government Committee on Wednesday.
“Through the last several years our workforce has been strained and tested, shrinking in size but not in workload or responsibility,” the memo reads. “As we begin the task of focusing on workforce development, we believe that the city is in an excellent place to consider adding paid paternal leave as a benefit to its employees.”
The exact details would be worked out if the Rules committee moves forward with the plan. But Nguyen says she has in mind to offer up to a month of full paid leave for men and women. The perks would match those offered by many private-sector employers in the region and, in the public sphere, the city of Sunnyvale.
A family leave benefit might also help to attract younger talent, Nguyen notes. It would only apply to city staff, not elected leaders.
It’s unclear what such a policy would cost the city until its staff is directed to study the issue. Right now, the city’s policies reflect the minimum standards set by state and federal law.
“Our interest here is in understanding the policy and budget impacts of a policy and benefit structure that would allow both men and women to participate in the birth or adoption of a new child in an equal way, while not undergoing the financial stress of taking unpaid leave,” the memo continues.
• To avoid paying fines when a vehicle registration’s due, some folks transfer the title of their car to a friend or relative. The city wants to support a state bill, AB 443 authored by Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), that would close that loophole by prohibiting DMV from transferring a title until violations are paid off.
• Some senior citizens are worried that a city initiative to encourage public transportation could become a burden for the elderly. A plan to free up street parking by removing assignations to housing units could become a hassle, says the city’s Senior Citizens Commission.
“No housing unit is guaranteed a parking spot and addition fees are levied for those parking spots,” writes Joyce Rabourn, seniors commission president. “Seniors and the disabled therefore face the daunting problems of being assigned a parking spot far from their residence and/or being on a waiting list for years to even have any assigned parking at all.”
WHAT: Rules and Open Government Committee meets
WHEN: 2pm Wednesday
WHERE: City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
INFO: City Clerk, 408.535.1260