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January 2020 Washington Letter


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Paid Parental Leave for Federal Employees

Last month, long overdue legislation was enacted that will provide over two million federal workers with paid parental leave. Starting in October 2020, the new law, signed by President Trump in mid-December as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020, will provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave to mothers and fathers of newborns, newly adopted children, or foster children. The cost of the program will be covered by existing agency budgets.


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