Paid family leave bill awaits next steps in House
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jul 11, 2019
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.