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Starting next month, Portland city employees will be eligible for six weeks of paid parental leave if they add a child to their family, either through birth or adoption.

In Oregon, advocates have attempted to pass state laws mandating paid leave, like those passed in California and Washington, but so far, unsuccessfully. Intel, Laughing Planet, and Multnomah County also added paid leave to their benefits this year, but that policy is the exception rather than the rule — at least in the United States.

We’ll ask an Oregon employment and labor lawyer about the big picture for parental leave, and whether Portland’s action is part of a growing trend or something smaller.


Editor’s Note: This post was changed to reflect the fact that Washington passed paid parental leave, but has not yet funded the program.