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

Jul 17, 2019 In The News

Cheryl Monroe, a Food and Drug Administration chemist, travels a lot from Detroit to visit her elderly, ailing parents in South Carolina, sometimes five or six days a month.

“I’m burning up leave right now,” she said. That doesn’t count her days off without pay. “Of course, that hits my paycheck.”

Marita Eibl, a federal employee in the District, says she’s in the sandwich generation, caring for her special-needs son and checking on her aging parents in the Midwest, especially her father, who suffered a stroke.

Jul 12, 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

This week was a good week. The President finally abandoned his racist, illegal attempt to rig the census, the House passed my Federal Employee Paid Leave Act, and we passed, by an overwhelming vote of 402-12, the Never Forget the Heroes Act to make permanent and fully fund the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

These are big wins for the people, for democracy, for working families, and for our 9/11 first responders and survivors.

 

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Jul 12, 2019 In The News

Federal employees who take leave for parental or other family-related purposes — time that currently is unpaid — would receive their regular salaries for that leave instead, under a bill that has passed the House.

Jul 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), sponsor of H.R. 1534 Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (FEPLA), Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statements after their amendment, which reflects the language in H.R. 1534, was officially adopted in the NDAA after passage of the rule today in the House. The provision provides 12 weeks paid family medical leave to federal workers to care for themselves and their families.

Jun 28, 2019 Newsletter
Dear Friend, I hope you had a good week – I know I had a busy one with some key wins in Washington, DC – in Congress and at the Supreme Court. I’m thrilled to share good news on our fights to fully fund and make permanent the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and to ensure a full, fair, and accurate 2020 Census. This week, I also gathered with my colleagues to celebrate growing bipartisan support for a Smithsonian Women’s History Museum, the House passed the SAFE Act – a bill to better secure our elections against foreign interference, and I offered my Federal Employee Paid Leave Act as an amendment to the NDAA. More on all this below.
Jun 28, 2019 In The News
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has stepped up her efforts to give 12 weeks of paid family leave to federal employees.
Jun 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), author of the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (FEPLA); Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) Tuesday introduced the bill as an amendment to the NDAA, providing 12 weeks of paid leave to federal employees to care for themselves and their families. The amendment reflects language in Congresswoman Maloney’s H.R. 1534 and would institute the first federally funded paid family medical leave policy. 

Mar 12, 2019 Newsletter
Dear Friend, We had another busy week in Washington, DC and I’m excited to see some of you this Sunday at my State of the District event. More information on that and updates from the week below.
Mar 5, 2019 In The News

Federal employees would be entitled to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for themselves or family members under a new bill Democratic lawmakers put forward on Tuesday, marking an expansion to the long sought-after benefits for civil servants.

Mar 5, 2019 In The News

A group of Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday introduced legislation that would guarantee federal employees 12 weeks of paid family leave.