FEW Salutes House for Passing Paid Parental Leave Bill (HR 626); Urges Senate to Follow Suit
The legislation provides four weeks of paid leave for federal workers following the birth or adoption of a child. Currently federal employees must use annual or sick leave to be with their new children. “Quite simply, new parents should be with their children and enjoy one of the most important moments in their lives,”
This employee benefit would not only help current federal employees, but also would be a great new incentive for younger generations to work for the federal government. Without new employees entering the federal workforce, many services that we all rely on might have to be cut back including mail delivery, Social Security assistance and help for our nation’s most needy. According to a
There is an added burden in attracting new employees because of competition with the private sector that on average pays more than the federal government. Therefore, employment benefits in the federal government must be at least comparable to the private sector. More than 50 percent of companies in
“The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not guarantee paid leave upon the birth or adoption of a child,” advised
FEW is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1968 after Executive Order 11375 was issued that added sex discrimination to the list of prohibited discrimination in the federal government. FEW has grown into a proactive organization serving more than one million federally employed women-both in the military and civilian workforce.