Four weeks of paid parental leave under this bill could eventually be extended up to eight weeks — if the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) thinks an increase is due, based on:
The benefits to the federal government, including enhanced recruitment and employee retention.
The cost to the government.
Trends in the private sector and in state and local governments.
The federal government’s role as a model employer.
The impact of increased paid parental leave on lower-income and economically disadvantaged employees and their children.
For a comparison to employees in different sectors of the economy, the Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that: Parental leave benefits across the board in the U.S. lag behind
the rest of the world. Only three other countries do not mandate paid
time off for new parents. Current Labor Secretary Tom Perez referred to the U.S. record on paid parental leave as “dismal.”
With this issue getting increased publicity, some notable private sector employers
have decided to take action. Yahoo gives adopting and foster parents
seven weeks off and new mothers 18 to 22 weeks off. Facebook offers
both parents four months of paid leave and a $4000 ‘baby bonus.’
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National Partnership for Women and Families
Pew Research Center
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