Maloney, Smith, DeLauro, and Others to Hold Press Conference on Landmark Bill to Provide Comprehensive Paid Leave for Federal Workers

Jan 26, 2021
Press Release

 

Washington, D.C. (Jan. 26, 2021)— On Thursday, January 28, at 11:30 a.m. (EST), Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, Committee on Appropriations Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro, Co-Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus Jackie Speier, Congressmen Gerald E. Connolly and Don Beyer, as well as Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton will hold a press conference on the introduction of The Comprehensive Paid Leave for Federal Employees Act, which grants all federal employees up to 12 weeks of paid leave relating to personal illness, illness of a family member, or military deployment.

 

The Members will be joined by Everett Kelley, National President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).

 

WHO:     Reps. Maloney, Smith, DeLauro, Connolly, Beyer, Norton, Speier, and AFGE President Everett Kelley 

 

WHAT:   Press Call on Introduction of The Comprehensive Paid Leave for Federal Employees Act

 

WHEN:   Thursday, January 28, at 11:30 a.m. (EST)

 

Media please RSVP to OversightPress@mail.house.gov by Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM for dial-in information.

 

BACKGROUND:

 

The Comprehensive Paid Leave for Federal Employees Act will give all federal employees up to 12 weeks paid leave for any 12-month period for one or any combination of the following reasons:

 

  • To care for an ill spouse, child, or parent;
  • To care for a serious personal medical condition; or
  • Any qualifying circumstance resulting from a spouse, child, or parent who is designated or soon to be designated to be active duty military.

 

As part of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2020, Congress passed landmark legislation first introduced by Chairwoman Maloney that guaranteed paid parental leave to the 2.1 million employees of the federal government.  The policy was implemented on October 1, 2020.

 

Currently, under the Family and Medical Leave Act, federal employees may take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for reasons relating to personal illness, illness of a family member, or military deployment. 

 

The U.S. federal government is the largest employer in the nation and should be leading when it comes to family friendly work policies.

 

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