Tuesday, January 27, 2015

House Democrats Introduce Bill to Give Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave

Following President Obama's calls during his annual State of the Union Address to provide paid leave for employees in both the private and public sectors, a group of Democrats in the House yesterday proposed a bill that would provide federal employees with six (6) weeks of paid leave for purposes related to the birth or adoption of a child. 

From the Washington Post article on the proposed legislation:
Currently, federal employees are eligible for 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave and can substitute paid sick and annual leave for part or all that unpaid time. Agencies additionally may advance leave for those purposes to employees who have accumulated an insufficient amount; the memo essentially removed the discretion they had over whether to grant such requests. 
Federal employees receive 13 days of sick leave a year with no limit on how much they can build up. They also get between 13 and 26 days of annual leave per year, depending on their length of service, but generally can carry no more than 30 days of it from one year to the next. Advanced leave amounts to borrowing against leave to be earned in the future. 
The momentum for such legislation in the private sector is still dim, if not non-existent.  This is at least an admirable step in Congress.

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