WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08), Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) joined with federal employees, workers’ rights advocates, and unions to introduce legislation that would provide 12 weeks of paid family leave for federal employees. The Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (FEPLA) would guarantee paid leave for all instances covered by the FMLA, which currently only guarantees unpaid leave.
“I’m proud to stand with my colleagues and with advocates to introduce this bill, which is long overdue,” said Congressman Steny Hoyer. “Hardworking federal workers deserve paid parental leave to bond with their children and acclimate to parenthood. Doing so benefits not only these employees and their families but also helps our nation recruit and retain the most competitive and talented workers into public service.”