The bill provides four weeks of paid administrative leave, at regular salary, to federal workers, to be taken within one year of when babies are born or adopted. Right now, 75 percent of Fortune 100 companies provide an average of six to eight weeks of paid leave to new mothers, but federal employees who become parents are entitled only to unpaid leave under the Family & Medical Leave Act. Many cannot afford to take the unpaid leave that law provides.
We thank Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) for championing this legislation, and urge the Senate to waste no time in passing its bipartisan companion bill, sponsored by Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and John Warner (R-VA). President Bush should rethink his veto threat. The federal government should be a model employer, and giving working mothers and fathers time to bond with newborns and newly-adopted children lays a foundation for healthy growth and development. This bill is a great way to put our family values to work.”
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.