Democrats introduce paid family leave bill for federal workers
Washington Examiner |
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., introduced legislation Tuesday to require the federal government to offer paid family leave, noting that it is the nation's largest employer.
Maloney's legislation, the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act, or FEPLA, would allow paid leave for all caregiving needs, not just parental leave. Federal employees would have 12 weeks of paid leave for birth, adoption, or caring for a spouse or a parent.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., stressed the importance of passing the legislation, saying that the United States and Papua New Guinea are the only two nations that do not offer paid family leave.
Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., expressed his support for Maloney's bill, saying that it would benefit the economy.
“Last time this bill was scored by the Congressional Budget Office, it actually had a positive score,” Beyer said. “The federal government is saving money, saving taxpayer money. Because we don’t have to go out and find that perfect person or train that person.”