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Update on Paid Parental Leave for FAA Employees

NATCA’s Government Affairs staff continues to work to ensure that 12 weeks of paid parental leave for FAA employees is codified in law for both current and future FAA workforces. Specifically, NATCA is seeking a technical correction to fix the loophole that inadvertently excluded FAA employees and five other federal employee workforces from the 12-week paid parental leave proposal enacted last December as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020 (FY 20 NDAA; P.L. 116-92). NATCA has successfully secured the technical correction in the House version of the FY 2021 NDAA bill, which is now headed to “conference” with the Senate version of the legislation. A final NDAA bill must be agreed upon in Congress before being signed into law by the President. Separately, NATCA’s Government Affairs staff is advocating for bipartisan compromise legislation being led by Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Gary Peters, D-Mich., that would also provide 12 weeks of paid parental leave for FAA employees.
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