As I’m sure you remember, when the National Defense Authorization Act was signed into law, it mandated paid parental leave for federal employees. However, there were questions whether the new benefit would apply to FAA employees due to how we’re structured as a federal agency.
At that time, I committed to you that we would make sure you receive the same parental leave benefits that will be available to your colleagues in the federal government, starting October 1, 2020.
Today, I’m pleased to announce that the FAA will join other federal agencies in offering employees up to 12 weeks of paid leave taken in connection with the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child in their home.
Paid parental leave will become effective this year for FAA employees who welcome a new eligible family member into their household on or after October 1, 2020. For more information about how this new FAA benefit may apply to you, visit the Paid Parental Leave page on MyFAA.
Nothing is more important than family, and I will continue to make sure the FAA is an environment that supports families and a healthy work/life balance.
Thank you to everyone who worked hard to secure this benefit for FAA employees, and thank you to everyone for your hard work and dedication to our safety mission.