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Congress, White House Reach Tentative Deal Over Paid Parental Leave for Federal Workers

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WALL
STREET JOURNAL

Congress
struck a tentative bipartisan agreement that would authorize 12 weeks
of paid parental leave for all federal workers, in a potentially
historic deal negotiated with the White House. Draft language for a
must-pass annual defense policy bill includes a provision that would
allow 2.1 million civilians who work for the U.S. government across
the country to take paid leave to care for a new baby after birth,
adoption or the initiation of foster care, according to multiple
people familiar with the agreement. Under current law, military
service members can take as much as 12 weeks of paid leave to care
for a new child, while civilian federal employees get 12 weeks leave
without pay. Civilian employees are paid during that 12-week period
by using accrued annual or sick leave.

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