House Bill Would Offer Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave

The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2018 would “ensure that federal employees have access to up to 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child,” writes Jessie Bur of Federal Times. The bill was introduced last week by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA).

Upon introducing the legislation, Comstock said, “Paid parental leave has been proven to help women remain in the workforce, lower infant mortality rates, improve infant health, and reduce depression and other postpartum mental health issues in women.”

Comstock also argued that, “Men who have paid time off upon the birth or adoption of a child are more likely to engage with their child, even after returning to work. The federal government should match other large employers to remain competitive for the top talent necessary for our federal workforce.”

Comstock’s proposal would also give the director of the Office of Management and Budget the power to “institute regulations that would make up to 16 weeks of paid parental leave available to an employee for the purposes of competitive recruitment and retention.”

Under the bill, federal employees “would not have to use up their sick or annual leave before being able to take parental leave.”

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association came out in support of the bill. However, the legislation is not a sure bet, with previous proposals, including a similar bill last year, failing to make it to the House floor for a vote.

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