Questions about the new paid parental leave law? You’re not alone

The Office of Personnel Management is currently drafting the regulations needed to implement the new paid parental leave law, which the agency said it must complete before it can tackle employee questions and concerns.

“OPM is not able to answer specific questions regarding this new leave benefit without going through the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) regulatory process,” agency spokesman Anthony Marucci said in a statement. “OPM plans to issue proposed regulations by late spring that will provide the opportunity for the public to submit their comments.”

NTEU members at the the Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are also covered, the union said.

NTEU negotiated new contracts with FDIC and SEC this past fall.

The American Federation of Government Employees said only non-screener personnel at TSA were left out of the paid parental leave law. Schumer’s technical corrections bill, however, would correct the oversight.

The more than 600,000 employees at the U.S. Postal Service are also not covered by the paid parental leave law, though their exclusion appears intentional. Postal unions can bargain over their employees’ pay and benefits, including leave.

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