Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

City Overtime Isn't Workers' Problem.(Opinion)


Rio Rancho is considering limiting the reach of its family leave policy for two-employee families half as much leave for employees married to other city employees.

The city currently permits each employee up to 12 weeks a year of family leave for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for an ill parent, in accordance with federal law.

Now, officials are trying to limit the benefit so if both partners in a marriage are city employees, they would be permitted only a combined total of 12 weeks of leave.

The proposed policy change is intended to help the city deal with understaffing and overtime. Problems have arisen when married employees take 12 weeks off at the same time or when they take 12 weeks off back-to-back. …

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