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UPDATE: Washington, D.C. Universal Paid Leave Increases Will Begin October 2022

On June 7, 2022, the District of Columbia Council approved the Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Support Act of 2022 (“Act”), which includes an increase to the number of weeks of paid leave available to eligible employees through the Universal Paid Leave Act (“UPLA”) (also known as “Paid Family Leave,” or “PFL”).  Generally, as we previously explained, PFL-eligible employees are those who spend at least 50 percent of their work time – whether full time or part time – in D.C.

As we previously reported, an August 2021 amendment to the UPLA granted the District’s Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) the ability to modify the maximum duration of leave available under the program annually depending upon the projected balance of the Universal Paid Leave Fund.  On March 1, 2022, the Acting CFO certified that the Universal Paid Leave Fund had enough money to increase the maximum duration of qualifying paid medical, parental, and family leave for eligible employees to 12 weeks and decrease the employer contribution payroll tax.  The expanded leave amounts were set to apply as of July 1, 2022, but the Act delays the applicability date for the increased leave to October 1, 2022. Eligible employees also remain entitled to take up to 2 weeks for prenatal leave, and the reduction to the payroll tax continues to apply on July 1, 2022.

The Act revokes the CFO’s ability to adjust PFL leave amounts and instead makes the previous increases permanent. The Act also permanently eliminates the previous one-week waiting period for receiving paid leave benefits.

D.C. employers should continue to prepare for the October 1, 2022 implementation date by reviewing and updating their leave policies to be compliant with the increased paid leave time allowable for medical, parental, and family leave.

©2022 Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 182
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Nathaniel M. Glasser, Epstein Becker, Labor, Employment Attorney, Publishing
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NATHANIEL M. GLASSER is a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice, in the Washington, DC, office of Epstein Becker Green. His practice focuses on the representation of leading companies and firms, including publishing and media companies, financial services institutions, and law firms, in all areas of labor and employment relations.

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Ann Knuckles Mahoney, Epstein Becker Green, employee handbook attorney
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ANN KNUCKLES MAHONEY is an Associate in the Employment, Labor, and Workforce Management practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green. Ms. Knuckles Mahoney:

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  • Advises employers on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) wage and hour laws and the classification of workers

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ERIC I. EMANUELSON, JR.,* is a Law Clerk – Admission Pending – in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green. He will be focusing his practice on disability laws, employment litigation, and employment training, practices, and procedures.

Prior to joining Epstein Becker Green, Mr. Emanuelson worked as a Legal Intern at the General Counsel’s Office of the largest labor union representing federal government employees. He also served as a Legislative Aide to Connecticut State Senator Edward Meyer.

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Catherine Kang Lawyer Epstein Becker Green
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Attorney Catherine Kang works diligently to support the employment and labor law needs of employers across various industries. She helps counsel clients on compliance with regulatory trends and employment laws, and reviews and updates employee handbooks, policies, and procedures. Catherine also assists in representing management in employment-related litigation.

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