Paid Parental Leave for Federal Employees

Federal employees are now guaranteed 12 weeks of leave for the birth of a child, but many families cannot afford to take that much time off of work without any compensation. Congresswoman Maloney has introduced legislation to provide six weeks of paid parental leave for new parents of both biological and adopted children.

Many are surprised to learn that the federal government does not provide paid parental leave to its employees.  As the nation’s largest employer, the federal government should be a leader in family friendly policies, but it has not kept pace with the changing American workforce.  Most families today no longer have a stay-at-home parent to care for a new child, and even before the economic crisis few could afford to go without pay for any length of time.  Evidence shows that providing paid parental leave is good for children’s health and development, boosts employee morale and productivity, and saves costs for employers by reducing turnover.  The evidence is clear – no one benefits when parents are forced to make the terrible choice between getting a paycheck and caring for their new child.

Congress needs new policies to show that it does not just talk about family values, it truly values families.  Congresswoman Maloney has introduced the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, which would respond to the needs of tens of thousands of working families by providing federal employees with 4 weeks of paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child during the 12 weeks of unpaid leave to which they are currently entitled. 

Among the reasons to support this bill:  

  • The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has stated that this legislation is PAYGO neutral, and that “enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or receipts.”  

  • Providing paid parental leave will save the federal government money by boosting employee morale and productivity, while reducing turnover.   

  • It helps the economy.  New parents spend an average of $11,000 in added expenses in the year a child is born.  By ensuring that new families’ incomes stay steady, paid leave insures the consumption of these families remains steady too, driving economic growth.   

Supporting families by providing paid parental leave is a long-term investment in our future.  Children whose parents are provided with paid leave are more likely to have regular checkups, receive immunizations, and engage in the parent-child bonding that is crucial to early childhood development.

More on Paid Parental Leave for Federal Employees

Jan 26, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTONHouse Democrats today introduced the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (FEPPLA) legislation that would provide six weeks of paid leave to federal employees for the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child. President Obama recently backed the legislation in his push for changes to leave policy – a message that was also highlighted in the State of the Union Address.

Jan 15, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), author and longtime sponsor of the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, today released the following statement applauding an anticipated executive order that will grant six weeks of paid leave to federal employees when a new child arrives or to care for ill family members. 

Feb 5, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Gerald Connolly (D-VA), and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today introduced the “Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act” (FEPPLA), which would provide all federal employees with four weeks of paid parental leave upon the birth or adoption of a child.
 

May 6, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) applauded the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today for reporting her “Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act,” H.R. 626.

Mar 25, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) hailed today’s subcommittee passage of the “Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2009,” H.R. 626, through the House Oversight a Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia today.

Jul 25, 2007 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), and Tom Davis (R-VA) today introduced the “Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act” (H.R. 3158), bipartisan legislation that would provide all federal employees with eight weeks of paid parental leave.  Federal employees currently must deplete their annual and sick time to take parental leave.