DC Council delays paid family leave bill until fall

DC Council delays paid family leave bill until fall

The DC City Council has delayed the initial vote on a paid family leave bill until the fall, reports the Washington City Paper.

The original proposal would have required all District employers to offer 16 weeks of paid family leave to workers caring for a family member, with the rate tied to income. After experts estimated that implementation would cost from $280 million to more than $1 billion, the proposal was scaled back to 12 weeks at a lower pay rate. The revised bill could be cut again.

The paid leave was to be financed by a 1 percent employer tax on payroll, but that could also be cut back in a future version. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson has said the DC Council is working to strike a balance between its desire to offer paid leave and to remain competitive with Maryland and Virginia, the City Paper said.

Although the District no longer has any franchised dealerships, those in neighboring jurisdictions are always aware of the competitive landscape for finding quality employees.

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