WASHINGTON – President Obama signed a presidential memorandum allowing federal workers more paid time off following the birth of a child.
The proposal gives federal employees six weeks of paid administrative leave for the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child.
Current policy states that federal employees with less than three years of service get four hours of annual leave per pay period.
Thursday’s memorandum gives new mothers time to recuperate after child-birth, even if they had not accrued enough sick leave.
It also gives spouses and partners the opportunity to care for mothers during that time.
The memorandum directs agencies to offer help finding and, in some cases, providing emergency back up care for children, seniors and adults with disabilities.