Paid family leave bill awaits next steps in House

A bill currently pending in Congress proposes to provide federal employees with paid family leave for up to 12 weeks, according to a report in the Washington Post.

The provision—written in as a part of a defense-spending bill—would in effect turn the unpaid leave already available under the Family and Emergency Medical Leave Act into paid leave for specific situations such as looking after a child, spouse or parent with a health condition. It would be a welcome change long advocated by federal employee unions and other fed advocates.

One source commented that the top 20 private-sector companies now offer at least some kind of paid family leave—and that the federal government has been slow to act in behalf of its own employees on the issue.

Reader comments

Mon, Jul 15, 2019

Just think if this bill passes, the management minions will use this against productive employees at the big out fit in Bethesda. Good idea but this surely will damage employees career paths thanks to the self-serving back stabbing idiots they call management and it will be endorsed by all levels of inept management feeding chains. However the management minions will abuse this benefit like they abuse annual leave and telecommuting.

Mon, Jul 15, 2019 Jim

Only unpaid family leave so far. So far behind. Everyone in this country who can should get a passport and look at how the rest of the developed world lives. It's not like this.

Fri, Jul 12, 2019

This is long overdue. Will this bill also include maternity leave?

Fri, Jul 12, 2019

And how/who pays for this leave?????

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