NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING ON PAID PARENTAL LEAVE AND REQUEST FOR COMMENTS FROM INTERESTED PARTIES
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.
The Office of Congressional Workplace Rights (OCWR) is responsible for implementing FEPLA in the legislative branch. Accordingly, on November 16, 2020, the OCWR Board of Directors issued a notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments from interested parties, which concerns proposed amendments to the Board’s substantive FMLA regulations to implement FEPLA.
The comment period ends 30 days from the date of publication of the Board’s notice in the Congressional Record, i.e., on December 17, 2020.
Please see the facts sheets and a questions and answers document below for more information on the paid parental leave legislation and how it affects covered employees in the legislative branch, or contact the OCWR directly at 202-724-9250.