Federal Employees to Get 12 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave

According to proposed legislation, federal employees will get 12 weeks of paid parental leave. This law applies to federal employees who adopt or welcome the birth of a new child. A Republican Congresswoman introduced the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2018 (H.R 6275) bill.

H.R. 6275 seeks to align federal employee retention policy with that of the private sector. In this way, the federal government can attract and retain top talent in federal service. What’s more, paid parental leave encourages more women to remain in the workforce, reduces infant mortality, depression, improves infant health, and helps women deal with postpartum challenges. Similarly, paid leave allows men to bond better with the child they are adopting. These benefits are long lasting even after both principals resume federal service.

Additionally, by matching paid parental leave to what the private sector offers, the federal government will remain competitive. Even though similar attempts have been made before, most failed to pass. Last year, another congresswoman proposed a bill that would have given federal employees six weeks of paid parental leave. Unfortunately, this bill never passed as of this post.

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