For The First Time, Two Million Federal Workers Will Get Paid Parental Leave

It's a "monumental" bill for Americans.

This week, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). But tucked inside the military funding bill was a historic provision to guarantee any federal worker who has had their job for a year 12 weeks of paid parental leave.

Every year, funding for the military is considered mandatory amongst most members of Congress. So including the parental leave provision in the bill was a surefire way to help it get passed, and it received the support of Democrats, Republicans and President Donald Trump. More than two million federal workers will benefit. 


"We are one of the only civilized nations in the world that does not provide its workers with paid leave when they have children or care for sick relatives, and I have been working for decades to remedy that,"  Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney told The Washington Post.

Shutterstock / Dmytro Zinkevych

Forbes called it a "monumental policy," noting that it will kick into action in October of 2020. Currently, the United States is the only industrialized nation that does not have a parental leave policy for its federal employees. The Family Medical Leave Act requires employers to give 12 weeks off to any company with more than 50 employees, but many companies are not required to guarantee to pay for their employees who don't show up for work.

The new federal policy is part of a larger shift happening in the U.S., where both men and women are calling for more extensive and supportive paid family leave policies. Advocates for paid family leave are hopeful that corporations will follow the government's lead and begin adopting similar policies, Forbes reported


Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest news and exclusive updates.