Brian W. Steinbach, a Senior Attorney in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, and Nancy L. Gunzenhauser, an Associate in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s New York office, authored an Act Now Advisory, titled “The District of Columbia Passes the Nation’s Most Expansive Paid Family and Medical Leave Law,” that was featured by Thomson Reuters Practical Law.
Following is an excerpt:
On February 15, 2017, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that she will not veto the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (Bill 21-415) (“Act”), previously passed by the D.C. Council on December 22, 2016. The Act will create the most generous paid family and medical leave benefit in the nation by guaranteeing D.C. employees up to a combined 16 weeks of paid family, medical, and parental leave in a 52-workweek period (“Universal Paid Leave”), starting on July 1, 2020. The Act will take effect following a 30-day period of congressional review required by the District of Columbia Home Rule Act and publication in the D.C. Register and will apply upon inclusion of its fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan, all of which will likely occur by late spring 2017.