For over a year, the DC business community has tried to work with the Council of the District of Columbia to fashion a responsible and manageable universal paid leave program in the District in response to the Council's proposed bill, Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015 (UPLA).
The UPLA is an untested, enormous, sweeping, complex $400 million dollar bill that abandons best practices across the country by requiring up to 12 weeks of paid leave to DC employees to be fully paid by DC employers through a payroll tax. Suggestions presented to the Council to study other programs and the scope and costs of its own bill have been repeatedly dismissed over the last year. The business community even fashioned an alternative bill, which would provide 8 weeks of paid leave for self and family care at 100% pay. This proposal was also dismissed.
The Council has recently updated its bill and shared it with the city's Chief Financial Officer to get a fiscal impact, but these changes have not been shared with the public.
On November 18, DCBIA, along with the American Society of Association Executives, Apartment & Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington, Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, DC Chamber of Commerce, Consortium of Universities, Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Hotel Association of Washington, DC wrote a letter to the Council of the District of Columbia urging them to share recent changes to the Universal Paid Leave Act with the public.
With a vote expected by the end of the year, the letter urges the Council to act responsibly on such a major bill that has so many unintended financial and administrative consequences and would become the city's 4th largest tax.
Read the letter.