Congresswoman introduces paid parental leave bill...again

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.

Reader comments

Sat, Apr 20, 2019 Jerry Denman

I can't understand why Congress women don't pass this bill, it's unthinkable the a woman gives and has no paid leave

Fri, Oct 26, 2018

As a young female federal employee, I’m very happy to see this news. Having to calculate whether I’ll have enough leave for when I want to start having children is worrisome and a serious consideration when looking at other job opportunities.

Mon, Aug 27, 2018

It’s disgusting and sad to see so many people with a lack of empathy for new mothers. No, 12 weeks is not too much. The recovery from having a child, lack of sleep, bonding with that child and more should be considered. We are behind the rest of the industrialized world on this. Canada gets 1 year, and is looking to extend to 18 months. You only have a short time with them at this age, and being with their mother is extremely important. Oh, and after saving my leave for 6 years and exhausting it after my first child, I have little leave left. Mothers should be entitled to sick, annual, AND maternity leave. We’re also entitled to vacations and sick days, as well as time after having a child. This “every man for himself” attitude is sad and un-American.

Wed, Aug 15, 2018

Just let them telework. Its a win-win, they get their time off and the Agency gets little in return as expected anyway.

Tue, Aug 14, 2018

Gee if I adopt a new puppy would that count? my dogs are my family!

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