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June 15, 2009
House OKs Paid Parental Leave for Federal Employees

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill that would give federal employees 4 weeks of paid parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child, according to Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-New York), the main sponsor of HR 626, the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act .

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“It is just unacceptable that right now the U.S. is the only industrialized country that does not provide support for federal workers with a new child,” she said. In addition, she noted that 53 percent of private-sector employers offer some form of paid parental leave.

Early this year, Sen. Jim Webb (D-Virginia) introduced the Senate version of the bill (S 354), which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and a Senate subcommittee.

In related news, two House bills pertaining to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) were recently introduced. HR 2132, the Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act , would amend the FMLA to allow leave to care for a domestic partner, child of a domestic partner, same-sex spouse, parent-in-law, adult child, sibling, or grandparent who has a serious health condition, according to Maloney, who also introduced this bill.

HR 2161, the Family and Medical Leave Restoration Act , would reverse the most restrictive rules included in final regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in November 2008, according to bill sponsor Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-New Hampshire).

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