AFGE has always been a champion of a family-friendly workplace. Whether it's flexible work schedules, job-protecting family and medical leave, or COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave, AFGE has played a role in making the federal government a better place to work.
On Oct. 1, another benefit we had worked towards for years is taking effect: paid parental leave. The law provides 12 weeks of paid leave for federal workers who are new parents – both men and women – to care for a newborn or an adopted child. Finally, new parents don't have to choose between their jobs and their families. This is the same benefit service members have received since 2016 under a separate military policy.