Fed paid family leave passes in House

The House Defense authorization bill, which contains a provision that would permit federal employees to move from taking unpaid family leave to taking paid family leave, passed the House of Representatives.

The House Defense authorization bill, which contains a provision that would permit federal employees to move from taking unpaid family leave to taking paid family leave, passed the House of Representatives.

The bill would give feds who are eligible 12 weeks of paid family leave, in order to look after a new child from birth or adoption, or for a fed’s own medical emergency or caring for a family member with a health condition—or in certain related circumstances.

The bill passed, with 220 for versus 197 against. Some federal employee unions, which long have backed such a measure, were quick to herald the move and tell their members and other advocates to show their support for full passage.

“Today the House passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1,” J. David Cox, president of American Federation of Government Employees, said in a statement last week. “This bill recognizes the critical contributions that federal civilian employees make to our country every day, both at the Department of Defense and across the government.”

Another major union also voiced its approval.

“Federal employees are just like everyone else and when a family member is in need, they should be able to afford to take time off to care for them,” Tony Reardon, the president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said in a release. “We commend Rep. Carolyn Maloney and many others who have fought long and hard to secure this important benefit for the federal workforce, and we will continue to encourage Congress to pass it into law.”

The Senate passed its version of the defense bill last month, without the paid leave provision. The unions and other federal employee organizations are pressing for its inclusion in the final bill that goes to the White House for signing.

“We look forward to working with members of the House and Senate conference committees to ensure the final legislation continues to support our invaluable and irreplaceable federal employees at DoD and across government,” Cox said.

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