Under current law, federal employees are guaranteed a total of up to 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave for the birth of a child and/or care of the newborn. While those 12 weeks without pay are always offered, the amount of paid time off a new parent can take varies widely.
The current Family and Medical Leave Act allows congressional offices to decide the number of weeks of paid parental leave their employees receive. While many congressional offices give their employees 12 weeks of paid parental leave, others provide as few as 2.
This bill would guarantee that 6 of those 12 weeks of parental leave for all federal employees and congressional staffers would be paid.