Congresswoman introduces paid parental leave bill...again
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Jul 02, 2018
After a similar bill she introduced last year died in committee, Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) again is calling for paid parental leave for federal employees.
The bill — called the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2018 — would give federal employees 12 weeks of paid leave in the case of a birth or adoption of a child.
“Today most large employers provide at least 12 weeks paid and this is a competitiveness issue as well as a retention issue for the federal workplace to attract and maintain the top talent in the workplace,” Comstock said in a June 29 statement.
She said her office provides 12 weeks of paid family leave and she is encouraging her colleagues to adopt the same policy.
The bill also ensures that federal employees would not have to deplete their sick or annual leave before being able to take parental leave and asks that the director of the Office of Management and Budget 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.
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association President Richard G. Thissen commended Comstock for her efforts.
“NARFE thanks Congresswoman Comstock for championing this long-overdue policy,” he said. “The United States of America is the only developed country in the world that does not provide paid parental leave for its civil servants. It is past time to do so.”
Read the full bill here.