Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2008

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The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2008 (H.R. 5781) would have given federal employees four weeks of paid parental leave to use as part of their 12 weeks of total parental leave.

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Summary


Federal employees are given 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave.[1] The bill would have

  • Provided federal employees with four weeks of paid parental leave out of their 12 weeks of total parental leave.[1]
  • Given the Office of Personnel Management the option of extending the paid leave period to eight weeks.[1]
  • Allowed employees to use sick leave to cover part of their parental leave period without needing to demonstrate a medical need.[1]

Passage in House

Despite a veto threat from the White House, the House passed the bill on June 19, 2008.[2]


Same for all scorecards:

Scored vote

Scorecard: AFSCME 2008 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"The House passed the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2008 (H.R. 578) which provides four weeks of paid leave to federal employees for the birth or adoption of a child."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.afscme.org/legislation-politics/19812.cfm)

Scored vote

Scorecard: Americans for Democratic Action 2008 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Passage of a bill to provide Federal and Congressional employees with pay for 4 of their 12 weeks of parental leave. Employees could also use accrued annual or sick leave for parental leave without being required to demonstrate a medical need for using their sick time for that purpose. The bill authorized the Office of Personnel Management to extend the parental leave period for up to eight weeks."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.adaction.org/pages/publications/voting-records.php)

Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2008 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Permit four weeks of paid leave for federal employees who use parental leave. June 19. (278-146)"

(Original scorecard available at http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/cs_20090228_4813.php

The bill never reached a vote in the Senate.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's page on Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act.
  2. Simone Baribeau, "Paid Parental Leave Act Passes House, but Faces Veto Threat", Washington Post, June 20, 2008.

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