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Seneca County approves paid leave for caregivers, but delays policy for self-care

The Seneca County Board of Supervisors has approved a new policy granting paid leave for primary and secondary caregivers but has delayed the adoption of a similar policy for employee self-care.

The Finger Lakes Times reports decision to postpone the self-care leave policy comes after discussions of amendments and a need for further review. The policy, initially proposing up to five paid days of self-care leave for full-time employees, aims to promote a better work-life balance and mental health.

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Committee Vice Chair Mike Rhinehart suggested several amendments, including reducing the number of self-care leave days and aligning the policy with the county’s sick leave guidelines. The proposed changes also involve converting leave from days to hours and reducing the leave for employees hired after July 1. The revised policy is expected to be reviewed by a new committee in January, with a potential vote for adoption in February.

In contrast, the caregiver leave policy received unanimous support and is set to take effect on January 1, 2024. This policy acknowledges the needs of employees during significant family events like childbirth, adoption, or foster care, offering 90 days of leave for primary caregivers and 45 days for secondary caregivers.