D.C. Council approves bill providing paid family leave

December 21, 2016 0 COMMENTS

The District of Columbia Council approved a bill on December 20 requiring employers to give workers eight weeks’ paid leave for the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child. Employers will pay for the leave through a payroll tax.

In addition to the eight weeks of parental leave, the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 also provides six weeks of leave to care for a family member and two weeks of leave for an employee’s own serious health condition.

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Push for paid family leave gets boost from Washington, D.C., proposal

October 07, 2015 0 COMMENTS

A bill under consideration in the Washington, D.C., City Council would give most workers in the city the most generous paid family leave allowance in the country. The bill, introduced October 5, comes amid a push by President Barack Obama and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to encourage states and cities to adopt paid leave laws.

The bill would entitle most full- and part-time workers in the city to take up to 16 weeks of paid family leave to bond with an infant or an adopted child, recover from an illness, recuperate from a military deployment, or tend to an ill family member.

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Washington, D.C., closer to $11.50-per-hour minimum wage

December 18, 2013 0 COMMENTS

The Washington, D.C., City Council on December 17 unanimously approved raising the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2016. The minimum wage then would be indexed for inflation.

The current minimum wage for hourly workers in Washington, D.C., is $8.25 an hour, a dollar higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

The new D.C. measure phases in the increase, beginning with $9.50 in July 2014 and then moving to $10.15 in July 2015 and to $11.50 in July 2016, according to news reports.

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