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After federal move, paid parental leave programs starting to expand in U.S. cities

After federal move, paid parental leave programs starting to expand in U.S. cities

President Barack Obama signed an executive order in 2015 directing agencies to allow federal workers to take six weeks of paid leave to care for a newborn child and urged states and cities to follow suit.

Progress has been slow, but momentum is building.

Last week, New York became one of a handful of U.S. cities to move to grant six weeks of paid leave, following the lead of Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Mo., and Austin, Texas. Other cities have adopted smaller measures, while several financial firms and tech companies have begun to offer generous leave packages that, in the case of Netflix, could last a...

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