Noted as one of the most generous paid family leave bills in the country to date, the District of Columbia Council passed a paid parental and family leave bill Dec. 20.
If it becomes a law, the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 provides eight weeks paid leave to new parents, six weeks paid leave to care for an ill family member, and two weeks for personal sick leave. The associated costs will be funded by a .62% increase in payroll taxes.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser released a statement Dec. 21 opposing the passed plan. However, due to the council’s 9-4 vote, the law is veto-proof. This is an interesting dynamic, says GovDocs Compliance Counsel Anne Jakala, as the mayor is ultimately responsible for enforcing the law.
D.C. will join California, New Jersey and Rhode Island with paid Family Leave Medical Act (FMLA) type laws. In addition, New York is slated to start its program in 2018.
The law will include a posting requirement for employers to display in a conspicuous place in English and in all languages, as designated by the mayor. The effective date is unknown at this time.
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