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Introduced in House (03/05/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1534


To provide that 12 weeks of family leave made available to a Federal employee shall be paid leave, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 5, 2019

Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York (for herself, Ms. Norton, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Cummings, Mr. Connolly, Ms. Bonamici, Mr. DeSaulnier, Mrs. Beatty, Ms. Wexton, Mr. Hoyer, and Mr. Beyer) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and in addition to the Committee on House Administration, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To provide that 12 weeks of family leave made available to a Federal employee shall be paid leave, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Federal Employee Paid Leave Act”.

SEC. 2. Paid family leave for Federal employees covered by title 5.

(a) In general.—Subsection (c) of section 6382 of title 5, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

“(c) (1) Leave granted under subsection (a) shall be paid leave.

“(2) (A) An employee may elect to substitute for any leave under such subsection any other paid leave which is available to such employee for that purpose.

“(B) Subparagraph (A) shall not be construed to require that an employee first use all or any portion of the other paid leave described in such subparagraph before being allowed to use leave under subsection (a).

“(3) Leave under subsection (a)—

“(A) shall be payable from any appropriation or fund available for salaries or expenses for positions within the employing agency;

“(B) shall not be considered to be annual or vacation leave for purposes of section 5551 or 5552 or for any other purpose; and

“(C) if not used by the employee before the end of the 12-month period (as referred to in subsection (a)(1)) to which it relates, shall not accumulate for any subsequent use.

“(4) The Director of the Office of Personnel Management—

“(A) may promulgate regulations to increase the amount of leave available to an employee under subsection (a) to a total of not more than 16 administrative workweeks, based on the consideration of—

“(i) the benefits provided to the Federal Government of increasing such leave, including enhanced recruitment and retention of employees;

“(ii) the cost to the Federal Government of increasing the amount of such leave that is available to employees;

“(iii) trends in the private sector and in State and local governments with respect to offering such leave;

“(iv) the Federal Government’s role as a model employer;

“(v) the impact of increased leave under subsection (a) on lower-income and economically disadvantaged employees and their children; and

“(vi) such other factors as the Director considers necessary; and

“(B) shall prescribe any regulations necessary to carry out this subsection, including the manner in which an employee may designate any day or other period as to which such employee wishes to use leave under subsection (a).”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendment made by this section shall not be effective with respect to any birth or placement occurring before the end of the 6-month period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 3. Paid family leave for congressional employees.

(a) Amendments to congressional accountability act.—Section 202 of the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1312) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)(1), by adding at the end the following: “In applying section 102(a)(1) of such Act to covered employees, subsection (d) shall apply.”;

(2) by redesignating subsections (d) and (e) as subsections (e) and (f), respectively; and

(3) by inserting after subsection (c) the following:

“(d) Special rule for paid family leave for congressional employees.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Any leave taken by a covered employee under section 102(a)(1) of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (29 U.S.C. 2612(a)(1)) shall be paid leave.

“(2) AMOUNT OF PAID LEAVE.—The paid leave that is available to a covered employee for purposes of paragraph (1) is—

“(A) the number of weeks of paid family leave in connection with the birth or placement involved that correspond to the number of administrative workweeks of paid family leave available to Federal employees under section 6382(d)(3)(A) of title 5, United States Code; and

“(B) any additional paid vacation or sick leave provided by the employing office to such employee.

“(3) SUBSTITUTION.—An employee may elect to substitute for any leave under such section 102(a)(1) any other paid leave which is available to such employee for that purpose. The previous sentence shall not be construed to require that an employee first use all or any portion of the other paid leave before being allowed to use the paid family leave described in this subsection.

“(4) ADDITIONAL RULES.—Paid family leave under this subsection—

“(A) shall be payable from any appropriation or fund available for salaries or expenses for positions within the employing office; and

“(B) if not used by the covered employee before the end of the 12-month period (as referred to in section 102(a)(1) of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (29 U.S.C. 2612(a)(1))) to which it relates, shall not accumulate for any subsequent use.”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendment made by this section shall not be effective with respect to any birth or placement occurring before the end of the 6-month period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 4. Conforming amendment to Family and Medical Leave Act for GAO employees.

(a) Amendment to Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.—Section 102(d) of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (29 U.S.C. 2612(d)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(3) SPECIAL RULE FOR GAO EMPLOYEES.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—Any leave under subsection (a)(1) taken by an employee of the Government Accountability Office shall be paid leave.

“(B) AMOUNT OF PAID LEAVE.—The paid leave that is available to such an employee for purposes of subparagraph (A) is—

“(i) the number of weeks of paid family leave in connection with the birth or placement involved that correspond to the number of administrative workweeks of paid family leave available to Federal employees under section 6382(d)(3)(A) of title 5, United States Code; and

“(ii) any additional paid vacation or sick leave provided by such employer.

“(C) SUBSTITUTION.—An employee may elect to substitute for any leave under subsection (a)(1) any other paid leave which is available to such employee for that purpose. The previous sentence shall not be construed to require that an employee first use all or any portion of the other paid leave before being allowed to use the paid family leave described in this subsection.

“(D) ADDITIONAL RULES.—Paid family leave under subsection (a)(1)—

“(i) shall be payable from any appropriation or fund available for salaries or expenses for positions with the Government Accountability Office; and

“(ii) if not used by the employee of such employer before the end of the 12-month period (as referred to in subsection (a)(1)) to which it relates, shall not accumulate for any subsequent use.”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendment made by this section shall not be effective with respect to any birth or placement occurring before the end of the 6-month period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 5. Clarification for members of the National Guard and Reserves.

(a) Executive branch employees.—For purposes of determining the eligibility of an employee who is a member of the National Guard or Reserves to take leave under section 6382(a) of title 5, United States Code, or to substitute such leave pursuant to paragraph (2) of such section (as added by section 2), any service by such employee on active duty (as defined in section 6381(7) of such title) shall be counted as service as an employee for purposes of section 6381(1)(B) of such title.

(b) Congressional employees.—For purposes of determining the eligibility of a covered employee (as such term is defined in section 101(3) of the Congressional Accountability Act) who is a member of the National Guard or Reserves to take leave under section 102(a)(1) of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (pursuant to section 202(a)(1) of the Congressional Accountability Act), or to substitute such leave pursuant to subsection (d) of section 202 of such Act (as added by section 3), any service by such employee on active duty (as defined in section 101(14) of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993) shall be counted as time during which such employee has been employed in an employing office for purposes of section 202(a)(2)(B) of the Congressional Accountability Act.

(c) GAO employees.—For purposes of determining the eligibility of an employee of the Government Accountability Office who is a member of the National Guard or Reserves to take leave under section 102(a)(1) of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, or to substitute such leave pursuant to paragraph (3) of section 102(d) of such Act (as added by section 4), any service by such employee on active duty (as defined in section 101(14) of such Act) shall be counted as time during which such employee has been employed for purposes of section 101(2)(A) of such Act.

SEC. 6. Conforming amendment for certain TSA employees.

Section 111(d)(2) of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (49 U.S.C. 44935 note) is amended to read as follows:

“(2) EXCEPTIONS.—

“(A) REEMPLOYMENT.—In carrying out the functions authorized under paragraph (1), the Under Secretary shall be subject to the provisions set forth in chapter 43 of title 38, United States Code.

“(B) LEAVE.—The provisions of section 6382(a)(1) of title 5, United States Code, and subsection (c) of such section shall apply to any individual appointed under paragraph (1).”.