In the House, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA) introduced House Resolution (HR) 1022. In the Senate, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced Senate Bill (S) 362. Both bills provide for six weeks of paid leave upon the birth of a child, adoption or fostering of a child.
As NTEU National President Tony Reardon wrote in a thank you letter to Representatives Maloney and Comstock, “So much has changed in the paid parental leave field since the original legislation was introduced. At that time, we wanted the federal government to be the leader in changing the workplace to be more family-friendly. But in the last ten years, almost every major U.S. corporation has instituted paid parental leave policies and the federal government now lags behind. That is why it is so important that this legislation becomes law now.”
NTEU believes that paid parental leave is a win-win for the government — employees are allowed time to bond with their child and make plans for care, and employers get an employee who returns to the workplace. Retaining good employees is much less expensive than training new ones. To find out more, please visit the NTEU Legislative Action Center.