Hastings’ Statement on Introducing the FAA Family and Medical Leave Act

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Washington, D.C., December 14, 2019 | comments

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after introducing H.R.5431, the FAA Family and Medical Leave Act, legislation that will ensure employees of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are extended the same paid parental leave benefits afforded to other government employees under the conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 (Please find a copy of the bill attached):

“The conference report to the NDAA, which passed in the House of Representatives earlier this week, secured a critical provision for federal employees that will provide 12 weeks of paid parental leave in the case of birth, adoption, or fostering. The provision will help the federal government retain talent and remain competitive with private industry.

“Unfortunately, the paid parental leave provisions apply to employees under Title 5 only, which has resulted in FAA employees being left out of this very important benefit. More than 35,000 federal employees across our nation are responsible for managing air traffic control, aircraft, and airport safety. I believe we must move quickly to address this oversight and ensure that FAA employees receive the paid parental leave benefits they rightly deserve under the NDAA agreement," said Congressman Alcee L. Hastings.

“Every federal employee deserves paid parental leave – period,” said Congressman Jim McGovern. “I’m proud to join Congressman Hastings in this important step toward making that a reality for all federal workers. It’s the right thing to do, and I urge all my colleagues in the House to support this important bill.”

Joining Hastings as original co-sponsors include: Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA), Adam Smith (D-WA), and Tom Cole (R-OK).

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.

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