Family Leave Talking Points

The Comprehensive Paid Leave for Federal Employees Act would provide federal employees with 12 weeks of paid family leave for all absences covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

This proposal expands on the paid parental leave benefit that Congress approved in late 2019 and that took effect in October 2020. That benefit provided federal workers with 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a new child.

The new legislation would expand the parental leave benefit into a true family leave benefit – providing 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.

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 a sick loved one.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgency of providing federal workers with paid leave for dependent care needs.

This legislation would close a loophole in the government’s leave benefits and improve the government’s ability to recruit and retain qualified workers.

The federal government should lead by example and be the model employer for other employers to emulate. Extending full family leave benefits to federal workers will get us one step closer to that goal.

AFGE thanks House Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney for introducing this critical legislation, and all the lawmakers who have supported this bill as original cosponsors. We look forward to working with Congress to get this new benefit passed into law as quickly as possible.

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