Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, is pleased with today's vote in the House of legislation that will increase the time federal employees can take on paid parental leave from the currently allowed 12 weeks of unpaid leave to 4 weeks of paid leave with a possibility of raising it to 8 weeks. The final vote tally was 278 to 146.
H.R. 5781, the "Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act" provides federal employees with four weeks of paid parental leave by amending the "Family & Medical Leave Act" which was enacted by Congress in 1993. The new legislation also gives the Office of Personnel Management the option to increase the amount of paid parental leave to eight weeks.
Under the "Family & Medical Leave Act," employees who have worked for an eligible employer for 12 months to take twelve weeks of unpaid leave for the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child or to care for their own or an immediate family member's serious health condition.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "This legislation will support our families and strengthen them at a time when they face mounting obstacles because of tough economic times and high inflation. I am proud of its passage and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to support it as well."