Core Provisions: This legislation provides for four weeks of paid leave for federal employees in connection with the birth or placement of a child for adoption or foster care. Specifically, the bill provides that for any of the twelve weeks of leave an employee is entitled to for these purposes, a federal employee may substitute four weeks of paid parental leave and any accumulated annual or sick leave.
The bill also authorizes the Director of Personnel Management to promulgate regulations to increase the amount of paid parental leave to a total of eight weeks based on the consideration of (1) the benefits provided to the federal government of offering increased leave, including enhanced recruitment and retention; (2) the cost to the federal government; (3) trends in the private sector; (4) the federal government’s role as a model employer; and (5) the impact of increased paid leave on lower-income and economically disadvantaged employees and their children.
Status: H.R. 626 was introduced by Rep. Maloney (D-NY) on January 22, 2009 and passed the House on June 4, 2009 by a vote of 258-154.