Assessing the Feasibility of Flexible (Noncontinuous) Parental Leave (Revised)
CNA ANALYSIS AND SOLUTIONS ARLINGTON United States
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This study examines the implications of offering service members noncontinuous caregiver leave to care for infants or newly adopted children. House Report 115-676 directed the Secretary of Defense to submit a report assessing the feasibility of flexible parental leave. Policy subject matter experts and commanders across the Department of Defense provided key policy and operational implications. Before implementing a noncontinuous caregiver leave policy, we recommend 1 identifying the needs that can be satisfied by noncontinuous caregiver leave that are not met by other time-off options, 2 considering various types of flexible policies, and 3 assessing the benefits and drawbacks from two recent applications of noncontinuous caregiver leave 20152016 Department of the Navy policy and the current US Coast Guard parental leave policy. Taken together, these recommendations will increase the likelihood that any policy change will meet service member needs while balancing mission requirements.