In late December, Congress included in the National Defense Authorization Act 12 weeks of paid parental leave for all federal workers, which must coincide with the birth, adoption or fostering of a child. The new parental leave goes into effect in October 2020. While the paid leave does not extend to workers who are not employed by the federal government, the move shows a substantial shift in U.S. policy regarding paid parental leave. Read more. See here for additional employment regulations going into effect in early 2020.