Leading by Example: The Need for Comprehensive Paid Leave for the Federal Workforce and Beyond
Washington D.C. (June 21, 2021)—On Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, will hold a hearing on H.R. 564, the Comprehensive Paid Leave for Federal Employees Act. The bill would provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave to over 2.6 million federal employees for needs related to family caregiving, medical issues, and military deployments, as specified in the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. This legislation aligns with the goal of President Biden’s American Families Plan to create a national comprehensive paid family and medical leave program.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, American workers have had to navigate unprecedented health challenges impacting them and their loved ones while balancing the continuing demands of their jobs. The pandemic has highlighted the need to make access to paid leave for American workers permanent.
This hearing will explore how providing comprehensive paid family and medical leave will strengthen the federal workforce and create a model for nationwide standards on paid leave.
Ms. Lelaine Bigelow
Interim Vice President for Economic Justice and Congressional Relations, National Partnership for Women & Families
Ms. Hadley Heath Manning
Director of Policy, Independent Women's Forum
National President, American Federation of Government Employees
Ms. Vicki Shabo
Senior Fellow, Paid Leave Policy and Strategy, Better Life Lab, on behalf of New America
Co-Owner and Chief Executive Officer, Runamok Maple