House Bill Would Expand Paid Parental Leave to All Federal Employees

A House bill would expand paid parental leave to cover some federal employees who were excluded by the new law.

Legislation has been introduced in the House that would expand the new law that gives most federal employees 12 weeks of paid parental leave. The bill is companion legislation to one that was introduced in the Senate by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) late last year.

The Federal Employee Parental Leave Technical Correction Act (H.R. 5885) was introduced by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). It would add these federal employees to the new paid parental leave law which Maloney says were “inadvertently not included” in the new law when it was passed:

  • Federal Aviation Administration employees;
  • Certain Veterans Affairs (VA) employees;
  • District of Columbia Courts and Public Defender Services employees;
  • Employees of the Executive Office of the President and White House employees;
  • Employees who work as health providers at the VA;
  • Non-screener personnel at the Transportation Security Administration; and
  • Article I judges, including bankruptcy and magistrate judges.

The new paid parental leave law is set to go into effect on October 1, 2020 and the Office of Personnel Management has said that it is currently working on regulations necessary to implement the new benefit.

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