News reports have indicated that President Trump’s proposed budget for the federal government’s upcoming fiscal year, which will be released this week, is expected to include a benefit program that is new to most Americans: paid parental leave. The proposal would give both mothers and fathers six weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child. Under the proposal, the leave benefits would be paid through state unemployment insurance programs, but states could opt out and create their own paid leave system (as New Jersey has done).

Although it is likely that Congress will push back on certain aspects of the president’s proposed budget, such as cuts to spending on education and housing, it may be that paid parental leave becomes a reality due to bipartisan support. We will update you on any additional developments on this issue as they arise.