With over 1.8 million employees, the federal government is the nation’s largest employer. Federal employees currently receive no paid time off specifically to care for an infant or newly adopted child. If they have a child and want paid time off, they have to cobble together their accrued sick days and vacation time. By failing to provide paid parental leave, the federal government currently lags behind both the private sector and other industrialized nations.
“The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act” was introduced by Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), and Tom Davis (R-VA) last year. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia Chairman Danny Davis (D-IL) helped move the bill to the floor. Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and John Warner (R-VA) introduced companion legislation in the Senate on Monday.
WHAT: Press conferences on “The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act” (H.R. 5781)
WHO: Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY); Tom Davis (R-VA); Danny Davis (D-IL); others TBA
WHEN: 2:30 p.m. TODAY - Thursday, June 19, 2008
WHERE:House Radio/TV Gallery, H-321 U.S. Capitol