Thursday, February 16, 2017

Will Washington, D.C., Be Next to Enact Paid Family Leave?

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PNN: DC Family Leave

Recently, the Council of the District of Columbia passed a bill that would create one of the most generous paid family leave (PFL) programs in the country by a majority of 9 to 4 (B21-415). The bill would, if enacted, require employers to provide eight weeks of parental leave for bonding with a new child, six weeks of family medical leave for caring for a seriously ill family member, and two weeks of personal medical leave for an employee’s own serious illness.

An employer-paid 0.62% payroll tax on the wages of all covered employees would fund the program, beginning July 1, 2019. The plan would reimburse covered employees for 90% of their first $900 of weekly pay and 50% of their remaining pay, to be capped at $1,000 a week. The payment of paid leave would begin July 1, 2020.

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser does not support the bill, saying it will increase taxes mostly to benefit residents of Maryland and Virginia. The Council has enough votes to override a veto of the bill. To become law, bills in the District of Columbia must complete a 30-day congressional review period and be published in the D.C. Register.

Check back with Pay News Now as we continue to monitor the bill’s progress.