Federal employees who take leave for parental or other family-related purposes — time that currently is unpaid — would receive their regular salaries for that leave instead, under a bill that has passed the House.

The provision changes from unpaid to paid the time available to most federal employees under the Family and Medical Leave Act. That law provides 12 weeks of leave during any 12-month period for the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child; care for a spouse, child or parent with a serious health condition; the employee’s own serious health condition; or for certain reasons related to military duty of a spouse, child or parent.

“The federal government can and should be a model employer for the private sector in this area,” main sponsor Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) said when the House earlier added the provision to a defense-spending bill that the House passed on Friday.

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