Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act Introduced in Senate

Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act Introduced in Senate

federal employeesSenators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) have introduced the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (FEPPLA) in the U.S. Senate.

The bill, if approved and passed into law, would provide federal employees with six weeks of paid leave, under the Family and Medical Leave Act, for the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child.

“This legislation will provide a critical lifeline to working moms and dads to provide the care and support infants and children need. I will continue to fight so working families have a government on their side,” said Senator Mikulski.

“Our legislation will provide federal workers with six weeks of paid leave, making sure no federal employee has to make the impossible choice between caring for a newborn child and putting dinner on the table,” said Senator Schatz.

The Family and Medical Leave Act does already allow employees to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave to tend to medical and family issues, but it does not provide health benefits in the form of paid parental leave.

Studies have shown that providing paid parental leave for federal employees would save the government at least $50 million annually in turnover and replacement costs. It could also prevent the departure of 2,650 female federal employees annually, while attracting and retaining talented workers.

Federal Employee Unions Support Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act 

The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act is supported by all the major federal employee unions, including the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), National Partnership for Women & Families, and American Foreign Service Association (AFSA).

“Too often, our working mothers and fathers have to make the agonizing choice between spending time with their families or earning a paycheck. With this bill, civil servants across the country would be able to do both,” said AFGE National President J. David Cox, Sr.

Companion legislation to the Senate’s version of FEPPLA has already been introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Carolyn Maloney (D- NY).