Policy Resource

ZERO TO THREE Encouraged to See Federal Employee Paid Leave Act Passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act

Jul 12, 2019

The following statement regarding the inclusion of the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act in the National Defense Authorization Act should be attributed to Myra Jones-Taylor, Chief Policy Officer, ZERO TO THREE:

“ZERO TO THREE applauds the inclusion of the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (FEPLA) amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), as passed by the House, which would guarantee that more than 2 million government employees have access to paid family and medical leave for themselves and their families.

“From the start, babies’ relationships with the adults they trust most nurture the brain connections that form the foundation for life-long success. Parents and caregivers are on the front line of preparing our next generation of workers who will build a strong economy, military members who will keep us safe, and leaders who will set the vision for the next century.

“While some states and communities have taken the lead in adopting paid leave policies, the time parents have to bond with and care for their babies should not be dependent on income, workplace, zip code, or gender. Far too many families must make the impossible choice between taking the time they need to bond with their babies and their economic security.

“ZERO TO THREE is grateful to Reps. Maloney and Houlahan and Chairman Smith for their commitment to ensuring federal workers have access to paid leave. We urge their Congressional colleagues to continue the momentum on this issue by cosponsoring and moving the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act that would provide paid family and medical leave to all working families.”


ZERO TO THREE works to ensure all babies and toddlers benefit from the family and community connections critical to their well-being and development. Since 1977, the organization has advanced the proven power of nurturing relationships by transforming the science of early childhood into helpful resources, practical tools and responsive policies for millions of parents, professionals and policymakers. For more information, and to learn how to become a ZERO TO THREE member, please visit zerotothree.org, facebook.com/zerotothree, or follow @zerotothree on Twitter.

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