WASHINGTON — A proposal in Congress would expand paid leave benefits for federal workers, including almost 150,000 in Florida, to include paid medical leave if they or someone they care for gets sick.
Federal employees are currently eligible for up to 12 weeks of unpaid medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. A 2019 federal law granted federal workers up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave, but a bill proposed by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, aims to expand those benefits to provide up to 12 weeks of paid medical, caregiving and military leave for federal employees and to expand eligibility to U.S. Postal Service employees. To qualify for benefits, federal employees must first complete at least 12 months of service.