Next week, the DC Council is considering changes to the paid leave bill passed in December of 2016. On Tuesday, October 10 the DC Council will hold a hearing on multiple paid leave bills to modify the legislation and funding mechanisms for the government program.

If unchanged, the current law will go into effect and all DC employers will be subject to the 0.62% payroll tax on all employees on July 1, 2019. Employees would not be able to access the paid leave benefit until July 1, 2020 at a minimum, but very likely longer as technical delays are common with new government programs.

ASAE is working with a wide ranging coalition of other large DC organizations including the DC Chamber of Commerce and the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area to support legislation that will best serve employees and employers. ASAE is supportive of aspects of Chairman Mendelson’s employer mandate alternative, but we do not support the additional tax that would be levied upon employers who provide their own leave. We also have strong concerns regarding the complicated nature of the enforcement provisions in the legislation and the unnecessary burden they would create for employers.

ASAE’s planned testimony for the Oct. 10 hearing can be found here.

We will keep our members updated as this issue progresses. For more information, contact us at