US Congress, White House Reach Tentative Deal Over Paid Parental Leave for Federal Workers

02:30  07 december  2019
02:30  07 december  2019 Source:   online.wsj.com

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WASHINGTON—Congress has struck a tentative bipartisan agreement that would authorize 12 weeks of paid parental leave for all federal workers, in a potentially historic deal negotiated with the White House.

Draft language for a must-pass annual defense policy bill includes a provision that would allow 2.1 million civilians who work for the U.S. government across the country to take paid leave to care for a new baby after birth, adoption or the initiation of foster care, according to multiple people familiar with the deal.

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Federal employees who take leave for parental or other family-related purposes — time that currently is unpaid — would receive their regular salaries for that leave instead, under a bill that has passed the House . The provision changes from unpaid to paid the time available to most federal employees

Federal employees would be eligible for four weeks of paid leave when they become parents But they said that it is unfair for taxpayers to finance paid leave for federal employees when The GOP pointed to a Congressional Budget Office estimate that the bill would cost 8 million over five years.

Under current law, military service members can take up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a new child, while civilian federal employees get 12 weeks leave without pay. Civilian employees are paid during that 12-week period by using accrued annual or sick leave.

To get the new benefit, employees must have worked for the government for one calendar year and stay for at least 12 weeks after taking the leave. A waiver of this requirement would be allowed for a physical, mental or other issue outside of parents’ control that prevents them from returning to work.

Lawmakers are awaiting an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office for the total cost. Supporters contend the program would save money on recruiting and retention. And whatever the cost, they say it is worth it to provide equal benefits to civil and military public servants. Some conservatives have in the past been skeptical of similar proposals, saying that such programs are too expensive.

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Evidence shows that providing paid parental leave is good for children’s health and development Congress needs new policies to show that it does not just talk about family values, it truly values Congresswoman Maloney has introduced the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, which

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., left , and Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., leave a The tentative agreement reached Monday night would solve each of those problems. Obama has repeatedly said that he would not negotiate over raising the debt limit and Republican congressional

If approved by Congress in the coming weeks, the measure would go far beyond the existing unpaid family leave for civilian federal workers and paid parental leave now offered to military service members. Proponents hope it will set a new standard for the private sector to match.

To become law, the language would have to be agreed upon by the leadership of both chambers of Congress and the chair and ranking members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees. It also will have to receive signatures from a majority of members of Congress tasked with negotiating the deal and survive floor votes in the House and Senate. But with sign-on from the White House, Democrats who’ve been pushing for paid family leave are optimistic it will pass.

The draft language of the annual defense bill, which authorizes the Pentagon’s budget, also would create a Space Force as a separate branch of the military, a White House request that had been included in the version of the bill that passed the U.S. Senate earlier this year. The House version had proposed to keep the Space Force under the Air Force.

Write to Lindsay Wise at lindsay.wise@wsj.com

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