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The Patrick B. Cole City Hall is seen Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in downtown Fairbanks. Caitlin Miller/News-Miner

Continuing its efforts to retain people, the city of Fairbanks will provide maternity, parental and funeral leave to city employees.

The Fairbanks City Council passed the ordinance Monday, which offers two to four weeks of paid maternity leave, two weeks of paid parental leave for mothers’ partners and adopting parents, and one to three days of paid funeral leave.

"We have quite a few employees that we already know will be able to use the maternity/parental leave in the coming months," City’s Communications Director Teal Soden wrote in an email. "it’s great that this got passed without much delay."

The council will vote on Oct. 25 on Ordinance 6184, an Employee Capital Incentive Program that offers to reinvest salary savings from understaffed departments into the employees working in those departments.

“Our Police Department and 911 Dispatch Center are currently experiencing the most vacancies and strain due to forced overtime,” Soden wrote.

To share comments regarding the program, people can email the council at council@fairbanks.us, give their comments during the meeting or submit them in advance at bit.ly/submit_comments.

Contact staff the newsroom at 459-7572.

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