From the AFL-CIO Now blog, “House Panel OKs Paid Family Leave for Federal Workers“:
Federal workers could receive four weeks of paid family leave to care for a newborn or adopted child under a bill approved by a U.S. House subcommittee yesterday. If enacted, the bill also would allow federal workers to use up to eight weeks of accrued paid sick time or annual leave immediately following the first four weeks of parental leave.
Says AFGE President John Gage:
The time has come for the federal government to set the standard for U.S. employers on paid parental leave. The benefits to children and families of four weeks of paid parental leave are enormous and long lasting. This sets an example for private sector employers.
How does a government mandate set an example? A mandate sets a mandate.
What Gage is really saying, “This action by the House committee to require paid family and medical leave for federal workers is an example of what Congress is going to do to the private sector next.” Or so we interpret it.
The bill is H.R. 626, the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2009. It come out of the House Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Post Office, and the District of Columbia by a voice vote.
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