Legislation before the Washington, D.C., City Council would grant District residents 16 weeks of paid, the most generous leave mandate in the nation. The bill is expected to pass.
Employees could use paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, or to deal with their own or a loved one’s illness or injury.
Private employers operating in the District would pay between 0.6% and 1% of each employee’s salary into a pool to pay for leave benefits, in a system akin to a state unemployment insurance pool.
The District can’t require its largest employer, the federal government, to contribute. However, federal employees who live in D.C., District residents who work outside the city and self-employed workers would be able to contribute 1% of salary and become eligible for full benefits.
Workers earning less than $52,000 per year would receive 100% of salary while on leave. Higher-paid employees would receive a smaller percentage of salary, determined by a sliding scale.