CROWN POINT —The Lake County Council created a parental leave for male as well as female county employees who are new parents.
The council voted 6-1 Wednesday to override a Lake County Commissioners' veto last week of an ordinance giving two weeks paid leave for county employees who are new fathers and mothers.
Councilwoman Christine Cid, D-East Chicago, first sponsored parental leave for parents working for county government last October by setting aside $175,000. The council passed an ordinance approving the parental leave policy Jan. 9.
Councilman Eldon Strong, R-Crown Point, has repeatedly opposed giving parental leave for men.
Commissioners said last week they agree with the need to give parents time off work following a new birth, but wanted to wait until they have hired a human resources director, in the coming months, to determine the right length of leave to be granted.
Council President David Hamm, D-Hammond, said he doesn't want to argue with commissioners, but the council felt parental leave is important enough to approve now.