- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has signed a new ordinance establishing up to six weeks of paid parental leave for city workers.

The ordinance applies to men and women, and same-sex couples, who have worked for the city for at least one year.

The move comes as Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has also said that office will for the first time allow new parents to take up to six weeks of paid leave, including parents who adopt or participate in foster care.

Walsh’s order also applied to parents of newly adopted children.

The actions are part of wider push to grant parents paid leave.

Walsh said previous parental leave policies, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act and Massachusetts Parental Leave Act, have focused on protecting parents’ jobs during unpaid leave.

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