Congress moves to guarantee paid family leave

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., introduced legislation March 5 that would entitle federal employees to 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child in their family and for other medical purposes.

“I have literally had federal employees call me and ask me about the timing of the bill and when is it going to pass, because they want to plan their families around it,” Maloney said at a press briefing on the Federal Employees Paid Leave Act.

Similar legislation was introduced in 2017 and 2018, but both failed to make it past committee consideration.

“We talk a pretty good game about supporting families, but when it comes to giving workers time to bond with their new children or nurse a loved one back to health we unfortunately fall far, far too short,” said Tony Reardon, national president of the National Treasury Employees Union.

And though the bill’s 12 co-sponsors are all Democrats at the moment, past iterations of the bill have had Republican co-sponsors, and Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said that he was hopeful the bill would pass Congress and make it to President Donald Trump quickly for signature.

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12 weeks of paid leave for medical would be a big plus.