Paid Parental Leave Bill Introduced in U.S. House; Would Give Fed Workers Six Weeks Off

Maybe, just maybe, if Congress can see fit to provide paid family leave for federal employees the private sector will be inspired to do the same for their workers. At least one can hope that’s the case as a group of House Democrats on Monday introduced a federal workers paid leave bill.

The legislation would eligible federal workers six weeks of paid leave for purposes related to the birth or adoption of a child. The bill’s lead sponsor is Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). She’s hoping to get some Republicans on board also.

Under current regulations, federal workers are eligible for 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave and can substitute paid sick and annual leave for part or all of that unpaid time.

Maybe this small step on the federal level will lead to changes downstream in the workplace. U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez, for one, has criticized the country’s lack of paid leave laws.

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