Employment Law Alert – D.C. Expands Universal Paid Leave and Family and Medical Leave Benefits
October 21, 2021
Effective October 1, 2021, the D.C. City Council enacted emergency legislation that would expand the benefits available to employees under the D.C. Universal Paid Leave Act (UPLA) and the D.C. Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Although emergency legislation ordinarily expires after 90 days, Mayor Bowser also signed legislation to make these changes permanent following the completion of the required 30-day Congressional review period. Therefore, barring any (unanticipated) action by Congress, D.C. employers should expect these changes to become permanent.
The new legislation makes the following significant changes:
Changes to the D.C. UPLA
Exigent circumstances include:
NOTE: UPLA leave durations can be increased/decreased annually based on the funds previously collected and available for that year (subject to a “floor” amount equal to that offered in 2021).
Changes to the D.C. FMLA
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