Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Washington DC may mandate paid family leave; some businesses support it

Washington DC has a mandatory paid family leave proposal before City Council, as detailed in a Post story by Aaron C Davis, here  It appears that the proposal would cover eldercare and some events other than childbirth.  It might only apply to District of Columbia residents.

While some employers see it as undermining competition with suburban companies (especially in Virginia), other small employers say the bill would allow them to offer a benefit they could not afford.  It would be paid for by a 1% tax on payrolls. The funding concept is a bit like that of unemployment insurance; if you don't need the benefit, you don't get or claim it. 
DC Government already offers 8 weeks of paid family leave.

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