Charleston employees could be getting paid family leave for the first time in 2023 | News

Barring any last-minute changes to Charleston’s 2023 budget, all city employees will be eligible for paid family leave for the first time next year.

“The people who are most affected, they have the least amount of time to do something about it,” said Jennet Robinson Alterman, chair of Charleston Women’s Commission. “Kudos to the City Council for doing this.”

The women’s commission has been pushing the city to adopt the policy since 2019, but plans were derailed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Currently, employees are protected by federal paid leave policies which allow them to take up to 12 weeks off after the birth or adoption of a child. But that policy doesn’t require employers to pay for that time off.

Instead, Charleston employees are encouraged to use all available sick leave and vacation time to maintain their pay during family leave. They could also sign up for short term disability, which covers 60 percent of an employee’s pay.

Charleston City Council voted Nov. 8 to include the policy in next year’s budget. The full budget goes for its first vote Dec. 8. 

Based on the number of employees who took short term disability leave in 2019, the year before the pandemic upended schedules, the human resources department estimates the city could be on the hook for about $33,000 in paid family leave annually if the policy is enacted.

But because paid leave will likely be more popular than short term disability, that figure is probably low, said Heather Pope, Charleston’s deputy director of human resources.

“We know that our estimate is going to be on the low end … But it’s hard to predict how many people will have babies,” she said, and that it’s likely that the paid leave will be more popular, resulting in more employees

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Tourism entrepreneurs in Nepalgunj to unveil tour packages – myRepublica

NEPALGUNJ, Nov 3: Tourism entrepreneurs of three provinces have decided to work together and introduce tour packages for promotion of tourism.

The Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA), Banke Chapter made the announcement after organizing a four-day ‘Tour Product Development and Ticketing’ training.  The training is being organized in collaboration with the NATTA Center and Livelihood Revival Project for Sustainable Tourism. 

Central Secretary of NATTA, Yuvika Bhandari, said that the training will be fruitful in preparing skilled human resources in the field of tourism, as shortage of skilled human resources in the field of tourism has increased after the COVID-19 pandemic. She said that such training has been started in different places of the country under the plan of Nepal Tourism Board to address the shortage of human resource in the tourism sector.

Speaking on the occasion, Mayor of Birgunj Prashant Bista said that tourism can become a strong and permanent base for the country’s economy. He expressed the confidence that there will be uniformity in the tour package developed by the tourism entrepreneurs of the three provinces after the training.

President of NATTA Banke Chapter Ram Sigdel mentioned that the training organized for the first time in Western Nepal will enable tourism businesspersons to create travel packages from identifying the destination to manage the necessary tickets for tourists going to destinations around the world.

Altogether 30 tour and travel operators from Lumbini, Kanrali and Sudurpaschim provinces are participating in the training.


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