Paid family leave bill for feds reintroduced

New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D) is again attempting to make sure federal employees receive paid family leave.

Maloney, author of the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (FEPLA), along with Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.), and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) reintroduced the bill as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.

The bill would give federal employees 12 weeks of paid leave to care for themselves and their families. The amendment is the same language in Maloney’s H.R. 1534 and would institute the first federally funded paid family medical leave policy. 

“No person should need to choose between taking care of a loved one or being able to put food on the table,” Maloney said, adding, “Paid family leave is a benefit to the workforce, the government and the nation. The U.S. government should be a model employer, and this bill will help take a big step forward allowing employees to appropriately care for themselves or their families without worrying about job security.”

In the same statement Houlaha said,  “I was active duty serving in the Air Force while pregnant and with the birth of my first daughter, it was difficult balancing caring for my family and serving my country. And I know many families across our country still face similar situations today. I’m proud to introduce legislation that would institute the first ever federally funded paid-parental-leave act.”

The lawmakers are hoping that attaching the legislation to a spending bill will help get it passed.

Read the full statement here.

Reader comments

Tue, Jul 9, 2019 Georgia

Great news! As someone who has had to take leave without pay due to health reasons this bill would help a lot of people.

Wed, Jul 3, 2019

Great idea. Under the former democratic administrations such ideas got no where. Do not expect anything and you wont be disappointed.

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