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D.C. Universal Paid Family Leave Law Now In Effect

On April 7, 2017, the D.C. Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (the “Act”) (L21-0264) took effect as Congress’s 30 legislative day clock to overturn the Act via a joint resolution expired. As we have previously reported (here and here), the Act will provide workers in Washington, D.C. with eight weeks of paid leave to care for a new child, six weeks of paid leave to care for a sick family member and two weeks of paid leave for a personal illness. To qualify, a worker need only be employed by a private employer in D.C.  Residents of other states with jobs in D.C. will be eligible for the benefit. The program is to be funded by a new payroll tax on employers of 0.62%. D.C. employers will begin paying this new tax by July 1, 2019, and employees will be able to access the new benefit beginning July 1, 2020.

As we have previously reported, there are efforts underway to try to amend the Act before its effects are felt by employers and employees. We will continue to track and report on developments impacting this new employee benefit.

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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 team in Washington, D.C.