AFGE is a champion of family-friendly workplaces and always strives to make the federal government a better place to work. Our union strongly supported and fought for legislation passed by Congress in late 2019 that provided most federal workers with 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a new child beginning Oct. 1, 2020. We subsequently worked with Congress to successfully close a loophole that inadvertently excluded about 100,000 employees outside Title 5 from the new parental leave benefit – ensuring access to all federal workers.
Now we’re fighting to expand the parental leave benefit into a true family leave benefit – one that would provide all federal workers with 12 weeks of paid leave to care for close family members, for serious employee health conditions, and for circumstances that arise when the employee or a family member is detailed for covered duty in the armed forces.
The Comprehensive Paid Leave for Federal Employees Act, introduced in the House on Jan. 28, 2021, would provide federal employees with 12 weeks of paid family leave for all absences covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Employees would not need to exhaust their existing sick or annual leave before using this benefit.
No federal worker should have to choose between a paycheck and caring for themselves or their family members – and this legislation would make that goal a reality.