Maloney applauds President on paid family leave for federal employees executive order

Jan 15, 2015
Press Release
Anticipated action achieves goal of Maloney's Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act

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. 

"I have been fighting for 15 years to pass the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act to allow federal employees the ability to take paid leave when a new child arrives. I applaud the President for taking action to accomplish the goal of this legislation by instructing federal agencies to provide as much as six weeks of paid leave.

"Raising a child is the single most important task a human being can take on, yet the United States lags behind the rest of the world in supporting and encouraging new parents. Currently, federal employees must deplete their annual leave and sick time to take time off after the arrival of a child. With this action, the Federal government can lead the way, make ‘family-friendly’ more than a buzzword, and ensure that both newborns and the government benefit. Families should not have to choose between a paycheck and getting their newborn home and settled.

"The ability to take time off for the birth of a child or to care for a loved one is a right all Americans should enjoy. I look forward to working with the President to ensure that no American must choose between a paycheck and a strong and healthy family." 

Since 2000, Rep. 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. The bill previously passed the House in the 111th Congress with bipartisan support by a vote of 258-154.