The Universal Paid Leave Act passed - now let's implement it!
In December 2016, the DC Council voted in favor of paid family and medical leave for all. Within just a few months, the program was already under attack from big business. Thanks to everyone who fought hard throughout 2017 to protect UPLA, DC families will soon have access to paid family and medical leave!
The campaign isn’t over yet: now we need to make sure the District efficiently and effectively implements its paid leave program! Join us as we hold our government accountable and protect the rights we worked so hard to codify into law.
On Monday, July 1, 2019, DC began collecting taxes for the Paid Family Leave fund. Benefits will be available starting on July 1, 2020.
Looking for DC’s Office of Paid Family Leave? Click here.
The Department of Employment Services (DOES) has launched their new website for the Office of Paid Family Leave! It’s full of great resources for employers with questions about the program and families who are curious about benefits.
On January 29, 2019, Paid Family Leave Campaign Manager Joanna Blotner testified at an oversight hearing about why we need to stay on track to implement universal paid family leave. Here’s what she said.
As a young woman with two incurable autoimmune diseases, my life is already pretty hard.
Last year I wrote in an op-ed in the Afro, “[w]hen I hear about D.C. [elected officials] who are trying to destroy our paid leave law,
It’s hard to keep up with the news these days. And, like me, if you’re a woman, you may be struggling extra hard to find silver linings amidst a constant drumbeat of attacks on women’s lived experiences: having our truths, our safety, our sense of dignity and worth, and our priorities questioned, dismissed, and downright outvoted is just plain hard right now.
Ensuring all DC workers are eligible for paid family and medical leave makes the District’s program more fair and robust, and works to the benefit of DC residents and their employers.
When it comes to paid family leave, it is appalling that the richest county in the world is in a league of its own: we provide exactly ZERO WEEKS of time to care — with pay and financial peace of mind — for a growing family…Like paid leave, there is unequivocal evidence of the many benefits of breastfeeding.
I bet when you hear about paid family leave, the first image in your mind is of excited (and probably exhausted) new parents taking time off from work to bond with their infant children. That’s great, but what about people like me?
Do you want to know what's happening with DC's paid family and medical leave program? Read on for updates about the status of the program and what you can do to help make sure everyone has access to paid family and medical leave.
No one should be forced to make impossible choices between caring for the people we love and earning the money we need. With a paid family and medical leave program in DC we can improve workplace standards and ensure that families have the financial stability they need when life happens!
Being there when your loved ones need you — or when you need you — is not negotiable!