The Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 (CAA) applies the rights and protections established by Title I of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which provides eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of protected, unpaid leave for specific reasons related to certain family and medical conditions. In December 2019, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (FEPLA) was enacted. FEPLA amended FMLA for federal employees, including covered employees in the legislative branch, by permitting federal employees to substitute 12 weeks of paid parental leave for unpaid FMLA leave in connection with either the birth of an employee’s child or for the placement of a child with an employee through adoption or foster care that occurs on or after October 1, 2020. All covered employees in the legislative branch are immediately eligible for paid parental leave upon commencement of employment.
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