Giving federal workers paid time off ― to care not only for newborn children but also for sick family members ― would be a potential game-changer for the U.S., which is the only developed country in the world that does not guarantee paid time off for new mothers. The move could pave the way for a nationwide policy.
“As the largest employer in the country, the federal government should be leading from the front when it comes to family-friendly policies, and yet parts of the private sector definitely has us beat on paid leave benefits,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), who authored FEPLA 10 years ago.
The largest private employer in the U.S., Walmart, started offering paid parental leave last year.
The added benefit could also help the federal government recruit and retain workers, Maloney said.