FROM: U.S. LABOR DEPARTMENT
'Lead on Leave' Tour Launches in Seattle
At a visit to Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream shop U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez discusses paid leave with Molly and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.
Kicking off the "Lead on Leave — Empowering Working Families Across America" tour on April 1 in Seattle, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez was joined by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, working mom Sydney Marino, small business owners and a senior representative from the Microsoft Corporation to shine a spotlight on the issue of paid family leave. The first stop was Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream shop, a small business that on April 1 began offering its employees up to 12 weeks of paid family leave. After some talk and frozen refreshment, Perez joined a roundtable discussion on how paid-leave policies can help support families and businesses. "Paid leave isn't just pro-family, it's pro-business. It's the right thing to do and the smart thing to do," he said. "Companies that voluntarily offer family-friendly policies benefit from greater worker morale and productivity. Those companies are able to recruit and retain the best talent, and that helps the bottom line."