Parental Leave for Federal Government Employees

Parental Leave for Federal Government Employees

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Nicholas von Voigt started this petition to U.S. Senate and

The federal workforce is undergoing rapid demographic change with the ongoing departure of the baby boom generation. A highly skilled workforce is a requirement if the nation is going to have the best Defense Department in the world, one that can acquire, execute and support its mission.

For those who do pursue positions within the federal government, the retention rate for women is significantly lower compared to men. While there are many factors in a woman’s decision to leave government life, many cite the pursuit of a better work-life balance as the primary driver. Specifically, these women leave in pursuit of better benefits packages, placing an emphasis on those packages that include paid parental leave.

Under DoD's current parental leave policy, federal workers starting or expanding their families have two options: use their sick and vacation days, or take leave without pay. There is no paid leave policy for federal employees.

The United States is the only democratic industrialized country to not have mandated paid parental leave for its government workforce. This is unacceptable as one of the worlds most progressive countries. Amend the Feds policy on paid parental leave! 

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