Here’s an update from The Mobility Agenda’s Senior Research Associate Sarah Sattelmeyer and Executive Director Margy Waller, coauthors of a forthcoming report on work-life policies for the United States
work-life policy expansion for federal employees is running into some
trouble as it moves through Congress, according to today’s Washington Post:
Rep. Kenny Marchant (Tex.), the ranking Republican on the federal
workforce subcommittee, and Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Jim
Jordan (R-Ohio) said that they were concerned about the cost of
providing paid parental leave and whether this was the time to grant a
new benefit to federal employees.
employees should not receive increased benefits during an economic
slowdown, when companies are cutting back, Issa said. By considering
paid parental leave for them, “we are making a statement that we are
out of touch,” he said.
Is Representative Issa overlooking some important changes in our economy and labor market:
her statement yesterday, Maloney thanked Waxman and the subcommittee
chairman, Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.), for moving the bill toward a
full committee vote and a floor vote.
American workplace, she said, has not kept pace with the changing needs
of families, especially those that “no longer have a stay-at-home
parent to provide care for a new child.”
family-leave policies, she said, “are a talent drain on the government
— they’re an incentive for skilled people to look elsewhere for work
at the very time when our government needs them most.”
Mobility Agenda’s forthcoming report on work-life policy proposals to
strengthen the economy and our labor market addresses these issues.
Watch for it soon!