Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released the following statement after she introduced H.R. 6275, the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2018, legislation that provides federal employees with 12 weeks of paid leave:
Congresswoman Barbara Comstock: “Yesterday, I introduced the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2018. This legislation will provide federal employees with 12 weeks paid leave in the case of the birth or adoption of a child. Today most large employers provide at least 12 weeks paid and this is a competitiveness issue as well as a retention issue for the federal workplace to attract and maintain the top talent in the workplace. Paid parental leave has been proven to help women remain in the workforce, lower infant mortality rates, improve infant health, and reduce depression and other postpartum mental health issues in women. Men who have paid time off upon the birth or adoption of a child are more likely to engage with their child, even after returning to work. The federal government should match other large employers to remain competitive for the top talent necessary for our federal workforce. I look forward to working with my colleagues to secure the passage of this bill. My office provides 12 weeks paid family leave and this is a policy that I encourage all of my colleagues to adopt also.”
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) President Richard G. Thissen: “NARFE thanks Congresswoman Comstock for championing this long-overdue policy. The United States of America is the only developed country in the world that does not provide paid parental leave for its civil servants. It is past time to do so. Paid parental leave demonstrates the value we place on family and parenting.”
You can read the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2018 here.