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S. 354, The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2009 (73 comments ↓ | 3 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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S. 354 would provide that 4 of the 12 weeks of parental leave made available to a Federal employee shall be paid leave.

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Alma B

March 1, 2009, 2:43pm (report abuse)

No more spending, no more entitlement. Let federal employees enjoy the same type benefits a company struggling to survive affords its employees. Which, I would like to add, might be more if the federal government was not imposing a heavy tax burden on employers.

Mindy Garlington

March 3, 2009, 8:56pm (report abuse)

One of these days Federal Employees should work a real job with no breaks, no lunch and lack of a raise in 3+ years. Please don\'t give them any more, I can\'t afford it.

Jen Wall

March 4, 2009, 2:58pm (report abuse)

Don't they already get paid enought o do nothing!

Jeff

March 4, 2009, 5:08pm (report abuse)

It's funny how all federal employees get this laziness reputation. It's kind of like the reputation unions have for not doing anything but exactly what their "contract" says. When I left the federal workforce for private industry it was assumed in my new job that my federal job was "easy." Truth is, I worked harder as a federal employee than any other job in my career. Why? Becasue we focus on what is best for the taxpayer and not wasting "your" money. That's how it was where I worked anyway. Please don't judge the entire federal workforce based on generalizations and politicans. There are many hard-working people out there with growing families that would benefit from this bill.

FJ Rankin

March 5, 2009, 3:33pm (report abuse)

And the moon is made of green cheese!

.

March 6, 2009, 8:21pm (report abuse)

"The government cannot give to anyone anything that it does not first take from someone else."

Christie

March 11, 2009, 5:21pm (report abuse)

Its rather shocking the rap that Federal Government Employees get in regards to work ethic from individuals that dont really have a clue. I have worked for the Fed Gov for 10 yrs, prior to that I worked as a civilian, and before that I was active duty. I can honestly say that I get paid less and work harder/longer hours as a Fed Civ than I did in any other capacity. The one benefit that has kept me in this career despite the pay discrepancy is retirement benefits and the reduced risk of working for a corrupt company that will fold due to CEOs that mismanage money and end up getting huge bailouts.

The U.S. has the worst parental leave policies compared to all of the modern countries in the world, and most companies within the U.S. have better parental leave policies than the Fed Gov. Why withold a bill that will benefit mother and baby due to a misguided opinion about work ethic. Ignorance is frustrating. It wont cost you anything to provide this need to those who serve.

F.J.Rankin

March 11, 2009, 8:32pm (report abuse)

"It wont cost you anything to provide this need to those who serve."

Then just who, besides the taxpayer, will be footing the bill? Sounds to me like another one who can't understand.

KN

March 17, 2009, 10:31pm (report abuse)

I am a Fed Employee who has been military and worked in the private sector also. I had my first child while in the private sector and enjoyed great benefits...Paid Maternity Leave, then Short Term Disability payments which could be used in concert with sick or leave time. I am now pregnant with my second and am lucky that my 5 years of sick time has accrued and I have been saving my leave. The problem is that I am only authorized to use 6 of the 11 weeks of that sick time to recuperate and then I must either use Annual Leave or take Leave Without Pay. The problem with AL is that I am only authorized to carry 240 hours of leave over per year, which is exactly what I need to take the additional 6 weeks of leave to ensure my baby will be healthy and established enough to attend daycare. I am very committed to my role in the workforce and what I provide directly to my community and ultimately my kids. It would be beneficial for the gov to look at the benefits policy in general as well.

Loretta O

March 19, 2009, 9:07pm (report abuse)

I have a 22 month daughter. I was granted FMLA benefits when she was released from the hospital. FMLA may "protect your job", but what about when your saved leave is depleted? This country is a joke! Anyone with sense knows that a mother needs time to heal and bond with the child. If you are an employee, you should be compensated while you are out, whether full or part time wages. Other countries like Australia made it law two years ago for paid maternity leave. I work for a city government, so PAID maternity leave should be implemented. As of right now, ALL of my leave is depleted due to my toddler catching every childhood illness possible. When I need to go to the doctor, I have to take LWOP (LEAVE WITHOUT PAY). So yes PAID maternity leave is a must and some type of stipulation for leave when it comes to employees with children.

Katie

March 24, 2009, 3:50pm (report abuse)

We do not get any disability offered through the government and no paid maternity leave. If disability was offered, I wouldn't care about the maternity leave because I would be getting at least some pay!!! For those complaining about taxes, don't you think we pay taxes just as well? Think of how much more we spend on welfare programs for people who don't want to work and you complain about those working to better your government? Other countries, even 3rd world countries, offer better benefits to their working mothers and fathers. It is a shame, a crying shame. It will be interesting to see how they retain employees with little to no benefits when the baby boomers all retire. The largest employer in the country with NO maternity/paternity benefits. How shameful!

F.J. Rankin

March 25, 2009, 5:13am (report abuse)

Katie,

Why don't you just sign up for a private disability insurance policy? There are plenty of those available. Of course, you would then have another thing to cry about to your fellow employees. And if you believe those 3rd world countries are so great perhaps you should try living there for a while. But be aware, they don't take kindly to complainers.

broke fed mom to be

March 25, 2009, 3:45pm (report abuse)

Federal employees do not pay into state disability insurance, so we have ZERO benifits aside our accrued sick leave for maternity. My husband and I are both federal employees so any time with our newborn this summer will be LWOP. We\\\'re both prior military, and he especially works MUCH harder than his civilian counterparts, with a 72 hour work week (minimum required for fed firefighters)and about 40% LESS pay than his civilian brothers. I am fortunate to have a 40 hr/wk job, but I work with civilian contractors who do the same job OR LESS and get paid almost double what I make!! I realise feds have a bad rap, but lets be honest - most jobs have fixed ratings which means there\\\'s no promotion potential, and most of our civilian counterparts make more than us - what\\\'s the incentive to be a shinning star?! When I see opposition to programs to better our situation, it makes me question why I choose to serve at all.

Emily

March 28, 2009, 12:04am (report abuse)

Why should a mother have to plan her family around how much medical leave she has earned? A woman should be able to have as many children as close together as she wishes without having to face taking unpaid leave. There is nothing in this world more important than a mother\'s bond with her child.

F.J. Ranin

March 28, 2009, 3:43am (report abuse)

Emily,

Go right ahead and have as many as you want. Just don't ask the taxpayers to provide you with paid time off to do so.

PD

(logged-in user) April 1, 2009, 12:44am (report abuse)

The cost of this thing is going to be less than $80 million a year. Half what we paid AIG for "retention" bonuses. It is well-established that large corporations provide (usually) 8 weeks parental leave to their employees. The US military gives a month. Every industrial country in the world provides significantly more benefit than this. This is 20 days. With two income families the only reason the American standard of living has stayed the same for the last 30 years, this seems like a cost-effective solution to retaining/supporting employees.

The whole argument against seems to be either "I don't get it, so you shouldn't" or "federal workers are lazy, so don't make life any easier for them."

Jenn

April 2, 2009, 3:56am (report abuse)

Not all federal employees are politicians who earn hundreds of thousands of dollars and do nothing! My husband is a 15 year veteran letter carrier and does not get benefits as I do working as a teacher in California for 4 years. He has a right to take time off to bond with his newborn child without losing pay. He does not have anything besides his sick leave and vacation. So in any life changing event, he loses everything once his sick days/vacation leave is gone. So to all you people who have no idea what you are talking about, read a little more before you go and insult hard working Americans who just happen to work for the feds. Generalizations are made by uneducated people not the well informed.

F.J.Rankin

April 3, 2009, 3:18pm (report abuse)

Jenn,

He has every right to bond with his child and I have every right not to pay for it.

SM

April 8, 2009, 8:46pm (report abuse)

Either in the government sector through taxes or the commercial sector through company profits you pay for the employee benefits whichever way you look at. The profit a company makes on a product or service includes an overhead rate which covers all benefits employees receive that are paid by the company. I started a career in the federal gov and am trying to start a family too and come to find out you can't do both if you need pay check every week.

F.J.Rankin

April 9, 2009, 6:20am (report abuse)

If a company raises the prices for the goods or services it provides beyond what I am willing to pay. I can simply not buy from them. I do not have that option when it comes to paying for a federal worker's extra benefits, because I have to pay the taxes no matter what.

NK

April 16, 2009, 5:11pm (report abuse)

You private industry people need to stop complaing about things you know nothing about. There are worse ways the government is spending money than putting it to good use so mothers can spend time with the babies they carry. ALL I see on this board is hatred and discontent for your fellow man to want them to suffer. Arent there enough people in this country suffering. Government employees are paying taxes TOO!! So its their money being spent as well. GET OVER IT.

FJ Rankin

April 17, 2009, 12:55pm (report abuse)

NK,

It sounds like you advocate for throwing more money away. Do you mean that since the government is already wasting so much money they should throw additional wasted taxpayer money your way? And in the grand scheme of income taxes you and your government friends pay very little in comparison to all the rest of us. I will get over it as soon as this bill is defeated. Until then I will continue working against it and other similar legislation.

..

April 17, 2009, 12:56pm (report abuse)

For NK

Just how are you suffering? Do you have a job? Are you hungry? Are you homeless? I think not. Stop whining like a little kid who doesn't get his way.

QP

April 17, 2009, 2:17pm (report abuse)

FJ Rankin,

I am glad that you know so much about the government. I am a federal employee who pays just as much and maybe more taxes than most in the private sector. Get your facts straight. Not all federal employees are making a million dollars working for the government.

FJ Rankin

April 17, 2009, 2:50pm (report abuse)

QP,

It doesn't matter what you pay in taxes personally. As a total, federal employees pay only a miniscule portion of the total federal income taxes paid each year. Perhaps you should get your facts straight.

..

April 17, 2009, 2:56pm (report abuse)

According to the latest figures, based on data provided by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (part of the Commerce Department) the pay and benefits gap between federal employees and private industry taxpayers is wide and getting wider. The average private sector worker compensation: $53,289. The average compensation for federal employees: $106,579.

And you people want more? Give me a break.

sk

April 18, 2009, 3:00am (report abuse)

Boy do you have your information wrong. I am done having children but if I get ill and I am not on the job. I had better have saved my sick leave and vacation. But because of my age I pay for private disability insurance. Just to add I have worked as a mail carrier for 20 years, my knees are now bad, shoulders are bad. I worked in the private sector, shoe plant and restaurant and as hard as those jobs were they were a walk in the park compare to my postal job. Physically and mentally. Oh and just in case you think I will get a lot when I retire, I will get a whopping 600 dollars a month at 62 from my federal retirement. So I am putting away my own 401 to compensate.

..

April 18, 2009, 4:10am (report abuse)

So sk, are you under the FERS system? If so it is your own fault if you don't have a good retirement. The contributory portion of that program allows for generous matches of the amounts you put in, as well as favorable growth rates. And under FERS you can also draw your social security without offset. So try that "poor mouth" on someone else.

Graham

April 20, 2009, 7:01pm (report abuse)

Unreal. if we want a efficient, effective federal workforce, we should give them the same benefits enjoyed by the private sector. Otherwise, working for the gov't will be overlooked by our most talented people. Btw, I am not a federal employee.

..

April 28, 2009, 2:31am (report abuse)

So unreal, how many compahies do you think offer these benefits? Not many if you bother to check.

RL

May 7, 2009, 6:09pm (report abuse)

So how about making this for all employers/employees? I am a widow and I don't get any extra leave/vacations/sick time to take care of my 2 year old. I work very hard and I am here sick myself because I have already taken all of my time for my son...who has caught everything under the son. It wasn't as big an issue before my husband died because we would alternate our schedules or I would make up shifts on the weekend...welll that is no longer possible as daycare is only open specific hours.

This is an important issue that needs to be extended to all families so that families can take care of themselves.

RC

May 8, 2009, 2:16pm (report abuse)

If you actually bother to check, you'll find that most Fortune 500 companies have much more generous maternity leave benefits - 8 - 12 weeks of paid time off to have a child. This is just 4 weeks. So, this is the sort of benefit that is offered by large companies that employee lots of highly educated professionals - ie- exactly the sort of companies USG is competing for in the employment marketplace. The other thing to look at is the cost a replacing a worker. This benefit pays out about 8% of a feds' salary. Replacing them pays out 20%+. Do the math.

I've spent 17 years working in the private and public sector. I can tell you there is little to no difference between employees in either one. The managers in the private sector are more cut-throat, but that is about the only difference. Don't rap federal workers for being any different than anyone else, because they aren't.

RC

May 8, 2009, 2:17pm (report abuse)

Oh, and this just passed out of House Committee without a verbal objection because no one is going to go on record against families. It already passed the House last year with plenty of Dem and Rep support, so I'd say that the "American people" broadly support it. Look for this thing to be law this year.

educate yourself

May 8, 2009, 10:17pm (report abuse)

For all those who oppose this, please educate yourself and come to grips with the reality.

Most countries in the world offer PAID maternity leave to their young mothers and even fathers for up to 2 years+! And people are complaining about 4 weeks to raise the children of America, our future? Times have changed and the reality is that the US is no longer the leading world when it comes to areas such as this.

There are only a few countries in the world that do not offer paid maternity leave. The USA followed by countries such as Swaziland (yes, it is a country) and Papua New Guinea. Even countries like Iraq and Afghanistan who many people feel are undeveloped and behind the times are leaps and bounds ahead of the US on this topic. The UK, Japan, Sweden, UAE and other successful countries are taking care of their futures, why not the US? This should be extended beyond just federal employees...

JBS

May 11, 2009, 2:06pm (report abuse)

Sad. The majority of comments here reflect our society's lack of support for mothers and families. "If you want to have a kid, fine ... but do it on your own time and at your own expense." Most employees having children do so relatively early in their careers, when they have not had the time to build up leave or large reserves of cash to support a self-funded maternity leave. Of all things, it amazes me that we're having a debate over whether to allow mothers time off to care for a newborn. I think this discussion says a lot about our society.

RL

May 15, 2009, 1:50am (report abuse)

I went back and figured out the extra hours I worked over my ten years of federal service, without compensation from the taxpayers, and it never bothered me until I started reading this. In fact I was proud of it. And wouldn't you know, all this time as a federal employee I was paying taxes too. It isn't as though my office gets to hire someone to replace me for maternity leave, we make up work for each other, same as we do with any parent or colleague who is on leave, whether medical or otherwise. I also agree that we need to extend these benefits beyond the federal government and fortune 500s. It is a sad statement of how we value (or undervalue) children.

..

May 17, 2009, 4:19pm (report abuse)

RL, you sound just like a Wal-Mart employee. "I worked sooooo many hours without pay." All that does is prove you to be about as smart as a tree stump. And if your office can continue to operate without you perhaps you are not needed in the first place. Let's do away with your job and save the taxpayers a little money. OK?

Reality Check

May 20, 2009, 3:28am (report abuse)

Please. Do you think we haven't paid, each and every one of us, for the incompetence of employees in Corporate America? We pay more and more each year for the services and goods the big companies provide and look how that turned out. Private business does not automatically equal a more cost-effective, ethical or talented workforce. Please look past the shine.

GW

May 21, 2009, 12:33pm (report abuse)

There is a fundamental value decision here - how do we value our families and children? We are a country that abhors abortion, yet are not willing to make sacrifices to support mothers. Providing a woman with one month of salary after having a baby seems to me to be fair. I for one, being a pregnant women who will NOT have any paid leave, would be willing to pay my tax dollars for this, even though I will not enjoy the benefit myself. I would love it if all new mothers had such support - whether in the private or public sector.

..

May 23, 2009, 5:10pm (report abuse)

Who says we "are a country that abhors abortion"? You fundamentalist zealots may say that but not all Americans agree. Find some other way to justify throwing money at a small group of over-paid government employees. I'm sure you would "love it if all new mothers had such support". Just another form of welfare payments. Get pregnant - get a check. What a crock!

FT

June 3, 2009, 2:46am (report abuse)

I am a CPA who left he private sector to serve the public in the federal sector. I left a very good job and took a large pay cut, which I will never reach with the government. For those thinking I couldn't manage in the public sector, my employer begged me not to leave and offered a promotion. I love my federal job and work just as hard (and no, I'm not making anywhere near the $106K .. claims is the federal avg pay). In the federal sector, I'm more efficent because I am thinking about the taxpayer. Which includes me, my husband, my father, sisters, and brothers. I am pregnant, but was able to save the time needed to take time off. I still support the bill and hope it passes. I'm sure RJ Franklin and .. will have their usual nasty comments. I'm glad they are not working for the federal government, we do not need such negativity. It appears they use all their energy to put down others. Sad...very sad.

..

June 12, 2009, 5:43am (report abuse)

Actually FT, I have been a federal employee for the past 36 years and I make well above that average figure. What is sad is the idea that taxpayers should pay for you to "bond" with your new child. Sorry, but as far as I am concerned there is no reason for that type of give-away.

Linda

June 14, 2009, 12:07am (report abuse)

If you can't afford to take four weeks off to bond with your child, how can you afford to have a child in the first place?

john673211

August 19, 2009, 2:54am (report abuse)

i worked for the government for 10 years and served in the military for 4 years. I will never leave the government. I do not do any work and love it. best place to collect a paycheck for not doing nothing.

fedemp

August 27, 2009, 7:53pm (report abuse)

Me personlay i hope this bil passes because its a critcal time in a child life to bond with their family. on the part were we are over paid is wrong being it i could make over 100k a year in private but in gov i barly make 50k. so you tell me whats fair. i pay same taxes as rest of you and same fica, Health.

CDB

September 15, 2009, 2:33pm (report abuse)

Fair is this - When EVERY employee in the US has this benefit you can have it.

And you are certainly overpaid if you are making $50,000 when so many are unemployed.

fed mom to be

September 18, 2009, 10:31pm (report abuse)

Funny - I'm fairly certain that taxes come out of my check too...am I NOT a taxpayer because I'm a federal employee? I actually took a PAY CUT leaving the private sector because I wanted to serve my country. I also sit amongst federal contractors who make double what I make and have better benefits packages. To be honest, I was embarrased to find out federal employees didn't even get dental insurance until the past few years! No wonder you think federal employees are so worthless - who would want to work for pennies and less benefits then those they sit amongts. Your right, I'm a very intelligent vetran with a dedicated work ethic - we shoud all leave the government and go into private business. That would make things better!

...

September 22, 2009, 7:27pm (report abuse)

And I suppose your taxes will be enough to pay for this benefit as well as all the other services and benefits you receive? Not likely.

You can't be too intelligent. You gave up a higher paying job for government service. And you can't spell or put words together in coherent thoughts.

mom to be

October 15, 2009, 12:52am (report abuse)

I am considered a fed employee and it sucks that I cannot have any maternity leave. I live in California and do you know how much benefits I would get if I were a state employee. It is not fare. Too much is taken out of my check to not be able to have maternity leave. And whoever ... is you are stupid one. Are you a mother?..I wouldn't think so.

...

October 16, 2009, 8:54pm (report abuse)

And just why, as a federal employee, can't you have maternity leave? Or is it just that you can't have a PAID maternity leave? Did you think to save up some annual leave? Or sick leave? No, of course not. That would be a responsible thing to do. Instead you want the rest of us to pay for you to be off.

Nadia

October 25, 2009, 9:20pm (report abuse)

I am a federal employee and cannot believe that they do not have a short term disability plan for new moms and any one else who may become disable temporarily. Then they are giving us 4 weeks of paid leave?? Wow! when its mandatory that I take at least 6 weeks! This is crazy,I am not impressed at all but I guess something it better than nothing :(

...

December 15, 2009, 2:19am (report abuse)

Well don't hold your breath for the four weeks. It won't get out of committee.

Fed 4 leave

December 17, 2009, 5:31pm (report abuse)

Do all the people who say feds are worthless realize what we do for this country? Feds design and test the military weapons and systems that keep you safe. They regulate and test the drugs that keep you healthy. The keep unsafe food off the shelf. You act as if federal employees are as easily found and as expendable as the cashier at McD's. The govt. is desperately trying to find qualified US citizens to fill these jobs that keep everyone of you safe. Some of the qualified people are young and want to start a family so they go private instead to get higher pay and parental leave benefits. Think about who you want testing the food that you eat to make sure you're not going to die of food poisoning before you say let's only pay feds 50K without any benefits. I am a fed and a chemist that could easily make double if I took a job at a cosmetics company, but I want to do something meaningful. But from the hatred spewed here at me maybe I should let someone else do the job.

To Fed 4 Leave

December 24, 2009, 7:05am (report abuse)

Now that's pure BS. The great things you claim are being do by feds are done by contractors in the private sector. Then you feds get your hands on things and screw them up.

If you could make so much money in the private sector, then why aren't you there? Why? Because you know it isn't true and you don't want to have to do real work.

As far as I am concerned a monkey could do your so-called "job" better than you. And the monkey doesn't even need training.

Oh and by the way, if you are so good at food testing, why have we had so many problems with the food sources in the past few years? HMMM? Yep, you really are good at that job. Yeah, sure. Right.

s shriver

February 20, 2010, 2:08am (report abuse)

you all are a bunch of haters :)

to s shriver

February 22, 2010, 2:01pm (report abuse)

No hat, just don't see the need to fund another ill-advised benefit for overpaid federal employees who can't plan their lives.

Fed Engineer

February 24, 2010, 4:08pm (report abuse)

I am a current Federal Engineer (chose to work here for shorter commute). I worked in the private industry before where I received 6-weeks of disability pay (60% pay) when I had my first child. The Federal Gov't offers no short-term disability and it's pretty much impossible to purchase private if you are not with a corporation. I am about to quit civil service and go back to the private sector because of the 1) reduced pay in civil service for engineers 2) no promotion potential and 3) horrible benefits for a young working mother (I had much better in terms of time off, disability, and dental in the private sector).

Hey Fed Engineer

March 12, 2010, 5:12am (report abuse)

Go ahead and try to go back to the private sector. You may find your old job is no longer available to you. That's what you get for trying to grab a spot at the federal gravy trough.

Please

May 1, 2010, 1:01pm (report abuse)

women are the biggest consumers in this country. Doesn't it make sense to pay them so they can continue to spend money and support not only the corporations but the economy as well? FJ Rankin and ..., you should spend your time protesting the TWO wars we are paying billions for rather than worrying about a measley 4 weeks of paternal leave for gov employees.

Oh Please

May 3, 2010, 7:01pm (report abuse)

Why should we pay them to lay around? If they want kids they need to plan for it financially.

And your poor attempt to play anti-war hero is really pathetic. How about staying on topic here.

Jen

May 6, 2010, 7:37pm (report abuse)

You know, it's not really the employees "spending" all your tax dollars, it's the representatives and senators that all of us elect into office who allocate our funds, so if you don't like it, do something about those who are getting elected into office. Just curious, but how many of you complaining here on this board excercise your right to vote? I'm a federal employee who also happens to be an auditor within DOD. As you can imagine I see all sorts of funds abuse. My agency saves billions of dollars every year with the findings we have. Most of it through private sector contractors who are usually the ones guilty of "milking" the federal government. I support the parental leave act. It's a drop in the bucket compared to what we spend elsewhere, but if it doesn't pass then Congress needs to give employees the option to purchase short-term disability insurance that can be deducted from our paychecks.

Jen

May 6, 2010, 7:44pm (report abuse)

Oh Please.... just for the record I think almost any mother would tell you that maternity leave is not spent "laying around". It's a lot of work taking care of a child and a big lack of sleep for those first few months. Maybe you should take your own advice and stay on topic about the bill and keep your blatantly obvious contempt for federal workers in check.

Oh Jen

May 7, 2010, 4:28am (report abuse)

Why don't you stick your head back up your *ss where you had it and be quiet.

Until this benefit is universally applied in the private sector there should be NO paid maternity leave for federal employees. Especially the loud-mouth, lazy ones like Jen.

1Fed

June 17, 2010, 1:39pm (report abuse)

you all Suck!

Choose your battles

July 7, 2010, 10:02pm (report abuse)

Most of the employees that would use this benefit are young employees STARTING their careers and families in ENTRY level positions. This includes maintenance, laborers, and nursing staff at VA's caring for your Vets that gave you freedom. Most high salary employees you refer to have had their children and would not use this benefit. Our government will have to be competitive to draw top prospects in the job market. 75% of Fortune 500 companies offer paid parental leave. Most other governments offer paid parental leave, and the military has 6 weeks paid parental leave. Let them be competitive! I would much rather see my tax dollar spent on a fulltime employee starting a family than to purchase cigarettes for those on welfare and unemployed by choice. There nontaxpaying illegal aliens in this country recieving more benefits than your "feds" right now. The bottom of the pyramid will benefit most from this, and if the money is not used for this, it will eventually go to those on top!

***

July 19, 2010, 8:43pm (report abuse)

As soon as this benefit is available to EVERY person working in private industry then I will support it for government employees. Until then, I say NO.

Melinda

September 11, 2010, 9:21am (report abuse)

While I refuse to get into a heated debate on the issue, I would like to address those opposed to this bill. Please do the research. Our country lags behind in this areana. The United States is one of only five countries that does not provide or require employers to provide some form of paid maternity leave, placing it behind a majority of the world when it comes to instituting family-oriented job policies. Why not view this bill as an oportunity for the government to set a good example for private sector. If your company asked for a vote for the topic would you still vote no? And I hate to bust your bubbles but guess what, even those federal employees pay taxes...so it's their money too. Don't be so naive about the subject.

And Melinda

September 13, 2010, 12:49pm (report abuse)

Does it mean that we are required to do something just because some other country does it? If so why don't we chop off heads and hands as punishment, like some countries do?

Until this benefit is available to EVERY person working in private industry I will not support it for government employees.

VOTE NO!

Why not

September 28, 2010, 6:27pm (report abuse)

Government often sets the standard for private industry. Advances for Government employees, which make up the LARGEST percentage of the workforce, will incite private employers to do the same or better. Support the bill and you, too, will see the benefits.

To the naysayer that keeps harassing people here: contrary to popular belief, being pregnant isn't always an "elective medical condition." Getting pregnant is far more complicated than that and you can't always plan ahead. Even people who want kids can't plan ahead for all the expenses they incur.

j.

November 6, 2010, 10:21pm (report abuse)

Hate the Federal government? Try working for them for 18 years. The US is one of the few industrialized nations that makes no paid provisions for maternity leave and the Federal Government should set the standard. Don't like abortion or rotten kids? Allow Federal employees, and private sector employees (who generally enjoy better maternity benefits), adeqate, paid parental leave.

K

November 12, 2010, 3:55am (report abuse)

A reminder that this bill also allows mothers to use their accrued sick leave during the time period following birth. Right now, unless the child has a medical condition, annual leave or leave without pay must be used to care for the child. Most daycares will not care for the child until they are 6 weeks old. Being able to use sick leave would help offset the first six weeks.

All Those Opposed

December 2, 2010, 2:32am (report abuse)

Just more federal worker gravy.

All those who are opposed to this should contact your legislators and tell them you oppose this bill and you want them to vote against it.

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December 28, 2010, 6:40am (report abuse)

Dead and gone for another year.

HIP HIP HOORAY!!!

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