|NTEU Objects to Restrictions on Paid Parental Leave|
NTEU Objects to Restrictions on Paid Parental Leave
NTEU is urging the administration to remove unnecessary barriers and restrictions to the new paid parental leave program before it takes effect Oct. 1. In comments submitted to the Office of Personnel Management, National President Tony Reardon outlined how proposed regulations would make it harder for new parents to access the 12 weeks of paid leave.
NTEU believes OPM should allow employees to retroactively elect paid parental leave even if they were not “physically or mentally incapable” of choosing it before the child’s birth or placement. In cases when a serious health condition prevents an employee from returning to work at the end of the leave period, NTEU believes the agency should not be allowed to require “additional examinations” beyond the original certification of the condition from the health care provider.
Reardon also asked OPM to confirm that agencies may not seek reimbursement of healthcare contributions from an employee who is involuntarily separated before completing 12 weeks of work after paid parental leave; and that paid parental leave can be supplemented with annual leave. Read more