NYC gives raises, extends parental, family leave to retain city workers

As Mayor Eric Adams’ administration struggles with employee retention amid a hiring freeze, City Hall is granting paid family leave and extended parental leave for non-union employers — and paying out retroactive raises, plus a $3,000 lump sum bonus.

These employees — mostly people at the management level — will get up to 12 weeks of paid time off to care for a sick family member and compensated leave for new parents is being doubled from six weeks to 12.

The new benefits and pay will apply to more than 10,000 city workers, according to details of the Friday announcement on leave shared in advance with POLITICO.

The vast majority of the city’s 300,000-plus-person workforce is unionized and receives paid family leave and parental leave through collective bargaining.

“Expanding parental leave for city workers and paid leave for those with a sick family member are not only important changes to retain the talent that keeps our city moving, but they are the right things to do to ensure our administration continues to help support the average working-class family in this city,” Adams said in a statement.

The salary increases went unmentioned in City Hall’s press release. But the deal was conveyed in a Mayoral Personnel Order, posted online by the New York City Managerial Employees Association, a professional group for non-union employees.