WASHINGTON -- Valerie Jarrett, the close personal friend and top adviser to the Obamas, will travel to Atlanta on Tuesday to promote the city's policies for working families.
Jarrett's visit to City Hall, where she will join Mayor Kasim Reed, is part of her “Lead on Leave: Empowering Working Families Across America” tour, according to the White House.
As the White House described it in a press release:
This event builds on the President's State of the Union announcements supporting greater workplace flexibility for families, and the City of Atlanta's recent decision to offer paid maternity and paternity leave. White House Senior Advisor and Chair of the White House Council on Women & Girls Valerie Jarrett and Mayor Kasim Reed will discuss how flexible workplace policies can benefit families, businesses, and the economy as a whole.
The leave policies were included in this year's city budget, according to Creative Loafing:
For the first time, the city has set aside $1.4 million to provide employees with 12 weeks of paid maternity and paternity leave — a first for any metro Atlanta government.
The 11 a.m. Tuesday meeting is open to the news media.
Reed was scheduled to leave Cuba today after a trade mission to the newly opened island.
(Note: A version of this post appeared in today's Morning Jolt.)