D.C. One Step Closer to Paid Leave Law

A bill to grant paid leave law to all workers in the District of Columbia moved a step closer to final passage on Tuesday when the city council voted its approval of the measure.

If enacted, the bill would be one of the most generous paid leave laws in the country, providing workers two months off of paid leave to care for newborn or adopted children; six weeks of paid leave to help sick family members; and two weeks of personal sick leave per year.

Benefits would be paid for by an increase in employer-paid payroll taxes by 0.62 percent.

The bill is a scaled-back version of legislation proposed in 2015 that would have granted 16 weeks of paid parent leave.

To become law, the bill must undergo a final council vote on Dec. 20. Then it goes to Mayor Muriel Bowser for her signature or veto.


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