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Does Washington, D.C.’s paid leave proposal go too far?

By Laura J. Phillips, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

If you don’t live, work, or have employees in Washington, D.C., you may not have heard of a current proposal from that city council. D.C.’s council’s proposal is an employer payroll tax to fund workers (both part-time and full-time) to take up to 16 weeks of paid family leave annually.

Yes, 16; yes, annually; yes, paid. The current version of the proposal, which is backed by seven of the thirteen council-members

Organizations from The Washington Post to the Society of Human Resources Management are weighing in on the proposal and the potential harm to businesses, thus the workers, if this