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Bill to provide paid parental leave for feds is reintroduced

House lawmakers once have again introduced a bill that—if signed into law—would provide federal workers with paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child, and allow substitution of paid leave for unpaid family leave.

House lawmakers once have again introduced a bill that—if signed into law—would provide federal workers with paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child, and allow substitution of paid leave for unpaid family leave.

The bill, the “Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act” (H.R. 616), would provide all federal employees with four weeks of paid parental leave. Federal employees currently must deplete their annual and sick time to take parental leave. The bill, introduced Feb. 10, sponsored by Reps. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.; Gerald Connolly, D-Va.; and Steny Hoyer, D-Md. Maloney, Hoyer and other lawmakers have been attempting to pass similar legislation for about 10 years.

“Unlike the majority of large private-sector employers, federal employees currently receive no paid family leave at all. Yet raising a child is the most important task in our society,” said Maloney.  “Families shouldn’t have to choose between a paycheck and getting their newborn home and settled in.”

National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley applauded the bill. The union is a longtime supporter of paid parental leave.

“The time after the birth of a child is critical, as new parents must have the ability to adequately care for a new child and for themselves,” Kelley said.

In addition to providing four weeks of paid leave, the bill would allow employees to use any accumulated annual or sick leave to offset the 12 weeks of unpaid leave guaranteed by the Family and Medical Leave Act.

To see more, go to: http://maloney.house.gov/index.php?option=content&
task=view&id=2280&Itemid=61
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