The District of Columbia city council has given preliminary approval to legislation that would create the nation’s most generous parental andentitlement, even after being scaled back significantly.
The bill would grant eight weeks of paid leave to new parents who work in Washington, D.C., and six weeks of paid leave to care for a sick family member. Original proposals called for 16 weeks of parental leave and eight weeks of family leave.
Workers on leave would receive 90% of their wages, up to $1,000 per week. Employers would pay a .62%to fund the program.
Critics object to making employers pay the full freight. Employees share the funding burden for similar paid leave systems in California, New Jersey and Rhode Island.