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Bob Buckhorn announces paid family leave plan for full-time city of Tampa workers

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Nearly six years into his tenure, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says the City of Tampa will now begin providing paid parental leave to full-time workers.

The new policy will provide primary caregivers with eight (8) weeks and secondary caregivers with two (2) weeks of paid leave after the birth of a new child or placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care. Full-time employees who have completed their first year with the City of Tampa will be eligible for the new benefit beginning on February 12.

The Center for American Progress reports that five states and the District of Columbia have passed paid family and medical leave laws. San Francisco became the first city in the nation to offer such benefits to its employees back in 2002. St. Petersburg began offering paid family leave in 2014, while the city of Miami Beach began offering the benefit last fall.

In a statement issued out by Ashley Bauman, Buckhorn’s press secretary, “Providing paid parental leave will improve the City’s ability to recruit and retain talent, decrease worker turnover, and boost productivity. In addition, paid parental leave increases the likelihood that employees return to work and keep progressing in their careers in the City of Tampa.”

“Attracting and retaining the most talented workforce does not solely lie in downtown amenities and adding jobs, it also requires providing a twenty-first-century workforce for twenty-first-century families,” says Buckhorn. “The progress we make on this front will directly impact our competitiveness in attracting and retaining the best employees we can. Creating an environment in the City of Tampa that values the contributions of everyone.”

In his video statement (shown below), the mayor urges other companies to offer similar benefits.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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