Efforts are still underway to try to amend the funding of Washington, DC’s paid leave act before its effects are felt by employers and employees.

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announced a hearing on multiple paid leave bills which provide different funding mechanisms for the paid leave bill that passed in December of 2016. The hearing will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 10:30am. More information can be found here.

The paid leave law passed by the DC Council last December established a paid leave program for individuals employed in DC. The program would increase employer-paid payroll taxes by .62 percent. If left unchanged, the bill will create roughly $250 million in new taxes on local businesses in the District to fund two months of paid time off for workers to care for newborns or adopted children. The bill, which applies to both full and part-time workers, also grants employees six weeks of paid leave to help ailing relatives. Two weeks of leave are available for personal sick leave. Employers would not be subject to the new tax until July 1, 2019, and employees would not be able to access the paid leave benefit until July 1, 2020.

In other DC government news, the Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking (DISB) is having a hearing on Thursday, Aug. 17 to get input on proposed small business health insurance premiums for 2018. DISB reviews and approves health insurance premiums in DC. For more information or for details about how to testify, click here.

For more information on any of the issues above contact the ASAE Public Policy team at publicpolicy@asaecenter.org.