Pittsburgh city workers granted 6 weeks' paid family leave under new policy

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh city councilwoman Natalia Rudiak is expected to announce Tuesday new legislation that will give city workers at least six weeks paid family leave.

Before this, employees of the city of Pittsburgh only had the Family Medical Leave Act to rely on, but only after exhausting all earned sick and vacation time.

The topic of family leave has been talked about often, but more so recently after President Barack Obama urged the federal government to put up $2.2 billion to let states offer paid-leave programs. This is in contrast to family leave in its current state — which is often unpaid.

"Today, we're the only advanced country on Earth that doesn't guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers. ... And that forces too many parents to make the gut-wrenching choice between a paycheck and a sick kid at home," said President Obama in his State of the Union address earlier this month. (Read more HERE.)

Rudiak will discuss the new legislation at a news conference scheduled for 1 p.m.