Deciphering DC's New Universal Paid Leave Law

Law360, New York (April 24, 2017, 6:30 PM EDT) -- Washington, D.C.’s Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 became effective April 7, 2017, instituting one of the nation’s most expansive paid leave laws. Yet, even as the act takes effect, uncertainty about how the law will work in practice persists.

Legislative History

On Oct. 6, 2015, seven D.C. councilmembers introduced the Universal Paid Leave Act, B21-0415, “[t]o establish a universal paid leave system for all district residents and for workers who are employed in Washington, D.C., and to allow for 16 weeks of paid family...
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