On December 20, 2019, Congress enacted the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (Public Law 116-92, December 20, 2019) (FEPLA). FEPLA amended the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to allow most civilian federal employees, including eligible employees in the legislative branch, to substitute up to 12 weeks of “paid parental leave” for unpaid FMLA leave granted in connection with the birth of an employee’s child or for the placement of a child with an employee for adoption or foster care. FEPLA is a major enhancement of the federal compensation and benefits package. By law, paid parental leave is available to eligible employees in the legislative branch in connection with births or placements that occur on or after October 1, 2020.

The Office of Congressional Workplace Rights is responsible for implementing FEPLA in the legislative branch.

Check this page for information and guidance on the paid parental leave legislation, and how it affects covered employees in the legislative branch.

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