Lawmakers reintroduce parental leave legislation

Banking on having an ally under the new administration, two lawmakers have reintroduced legislation that would give paid parental leave to federal employees, reports.

Reps. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) introduced a bill that would provide six weeks of paid parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child with the hopes of garnering the compassion of the daughter of President Donald Trump, Ivanka, according to the report.

Ivanka urged her father to make paid maternity leave a part of his platform and he was the only Republican candidate to take on the issue, the report notes.

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Thu, Apr 13, 2017

I used my sick/annual leave when I had my two children. When I didn't have enough hours I went LWOP. Did I resent the fact I had to use all my leave? Of course I did! I could of used those hours for a vacation or taking my kids to appointments. If this passes, are all my hours I used when I had my kids going to be reimbursed? If you choose to have children there are responsibilities that you need to accept as a parent. One of them is to save your leave to cover maternity like the rest of us did. No FREE rides young parents.

Fri, Feb 17, 2017 California

Why give parents annual leave because they decide to have children? They should save up their annual leave and sick leave for the appointments, etc. What about those of us who are older and have grown children? We shouldn't have to pay for parents who decide to have children.

Thu, Feb 16, 2017

It's important. When I had premature twins, I had over six months of sick leave saved up. But I couldn't use it - I had to take annual leave and (when that ran out) leave-without-pay. Caring for the twins took two hours of every three, 24 hours a day for more than two months. Don't see how I could have worked any harder.

Thu, Feb 16, 2017 WA

This is extremely needed! I have been a federal employee for almost three years. We accrue 4 hours of sick leave per pay period - ONE sick day per month, for two months it's one day and 4 hours. So 13 days per year is what you earn! The same goes for annual leave! Even the normal person with no kids probably takes a sick day or two every month. Do you know how long you would need to not take any sick or annual leave in order to save up enough time to care for a newborn and yourself?? Not to mention, all of the doctor's appointments, preparation, and God forbid you deal with complications like I did! Let's say I didn't take a single day of annual leave, or sick leave for an entire three years (unrealistic for ANY PERSON)... I would have 78 days combined with annual and sick leave... with my first child I was out of work for 4 months, just on recovery, not including any doctor's appointments prior to, or after delivery! For me, I have ONE child. I haven't popped out 5 children in 5 years. I have one child, who needs his mom to take a sick day here and there for basic medical needs. We take our annual tightly budgeted vacation which is about one week per year. So you are telling me that because I'm now pregnant again, now that this pregnancy has caused me much illness and required many extra me extra doctor's visits, now that my son has come down with the flu which banned him from daycare for a week (perfectly acceptable) and I had to take yet more time off work which exasperated so much of my leave... you are telling me it's fine? I'm not entitled to any sort of sick leave for unplanned circumstances, or a small bit of enjoyment in life like a little vacation? It's NOT FINE! And it's unrealistic to ask that of hardworking normal people. It's not a good system. It's not a good system for those of us with normal family lives and children. We don't all want to "take advantage of the system" as so many people have put it, by getting a "free vacation" by the way, HA! Have you cared for a newborn 24/7? Many words can describe it, but vacation certainly isn't one of them. We just want a decent solution to a big problem that many parents face, and that is, to not be completely without pay while we care for our children, for me it took 4 months to recover from my first birth! Not everyone experiences sunshine and roses. Increase our sick leave hours, increase our annual leave... give us paid maternity leave...but for crying out loud, something needs to change! I'm sorry for all of you who are bitter that your experiences were awful with your jobs and children being born, I'm sorry for all of you with no kids who feel this is unfair...but just because a situation may benefit others, does not mean it will negatively impact your life. People reproduce! Not something that is going away...might as well support their basic needs.

Thu, Feb 16, 2017 PA

Under the current system, parents are essentially penalized for having children as many need to go into the hole on leave as a result. This bill supports the family and most importantly, children. I can't believe people are calling this "unnecessary." I am willing to bet those who made those comments are those who had a stay at home parent and not from a two-person working household.

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