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Breaking: D.C. Council Passes Generous Employee Paid Leave Mandate

Yesterday (December 20, 2016), the District of Columbia Council passed a bill that would create one of the country’s most generous paid family leave programs. If it becomes law, the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (the “Act”) will provide all full and part time private sector workers in Washington, D.C. with eight weeks of paid leave to care for a new child, six weeks of leave to care for a sick family member, and two weeks for a personal illness.

To qualify, a worker need only be employed by a private employer in D.C., and residents of Virginia and Maryland, among other states, with jobs in D.C. are eligible. The program will reportedly be funded by a new payroll tax of 0.62%.

The Act now moves to Mayor Muriel Bowser for her signature. Mayor Bowser has expressed concerns about the Act, and it is unclear whether she will veto it.  Even if she does, the Act passed with enough support to override a veto.  Before the bill becomes law it must also be sent to Congress for approval.

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About this Author

Guy Brenner, Labor Attorney, Proskauer Rose, arbitration proceedings Lawyer

Guy Brenner is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and co-head of the Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Group. He has extensive experience representing employers in both single-plaintiff and class action matters, as well as in arbitration proceedings. He also regularly assists federal government contractors with the many special employment-related compliance challenges they face.

Guy represents employers in all aspects of employment and labor litigation and counseling, with an emphasis on non-compete and trade secrets issues,...


Ryan H. Hutzler is a law clerk in the Labor & Employment Law Department.

Ryan is a 2015 graduate, with honors, of The George Washington University Law School, where he was on The George Washington Law Review and Moot Court Board. He was the 2014 recipient of the New York State Bar Association’s Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition Award. Ryan was a Proskauer summer associate in 2014 and clerked with the firm throughout his fourth year of law school, working with the labor and employment...