April 5, 2019/Media

ICYMI: DeSoto Becomes First City in North Texas to Offer City Employees Paid Family Leave

ICYMI: DeSoto Becomes First City in North Texas to Offer City Employees Paid Family Leave

 

DeSoto City Council Member Candice Quarles Leads the Way

 

Austin, TX — Earlier this week, the city of DeSoto became the first in North Texas to offer paid family leave to city employees after a unanimous vote on legislation, spearheaded by Council Member Candice Quarles, took place in the DeSoto City Council. [Dallas Morning News, Apr 4, 2019]

 

Highlights From Dallas News:

  • The policy includes three paid weeks off after the birth of a child to all city employees, including police and fire departments.

  • DeSoto Council Member Candice Quarles led the way to ensure that police and fire departments were included.

  • “Several residents addressed the council about the policy, all in favor. Some brought their babies to the lectern. A city survey sent out to the public revealed that 75% of DeSoto residents who responded were in favor, while 19% were opposed and 6% were unsure.”

 

Texas Democratic Party Deputy Executive Director Cliff Walker Issued the Following Statement:

“Too many moms have to go back to work just days after their babies are born. Supporting families isn’t a luxury—it’s a necessity. We’re proud of the efforts of Council Member Quarles and the rest of the DeSoto city council for passing this long overdue measure. When Democrats win up and down the ballot, we implement progressive policies that make our economy work for everyone.”

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