Date: June 26, 2008
House Passes H.R. 5781, the
“Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2008”
On June 19, 2008, the House passed H.R. 5781, the “Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2008” by a vote of 278-146. The bill would require Federal agencies to establish and implement policies regarding paid parental leave for Federal employees.
The bill contains the following provisions of interest to SSA:
• Would require Federal agencies, including SSA, to provide each employee 4 weeks for parental leave as paid leave. This leave would be given for the birth of a child or placement of a child with the employee for either adoption or foster care. (Employees would no longer be required to use their accumulated annual and sick leave before using the 4 weeks of paid leave under this Act.)
• Would require Federal agencies, including SSA, to pay for the paid parental leave from any appropriation or fund available for salaries or expenses for positions within the agency.
Would be effective with respect to births or placements occurring after the end of the 6 th month after enactment.