WASHINGTON – District of Columbia lawmakers will be voting on whether to force private employers to provide the nation's most generous paid family leave benefits.
On Tuesday, the council agreed to reduce the amount of paid time off people could take for the birth or adoption of a child from 11 weeks to 8 weeks. That would still be more time than in the other states that mandate paid leave, although New York state will begin offering 8 weeks of leave in 2018.
Unlike in other states, the District's benefit would be funded entirely by a tax on businesses.
Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser has not said whether she would sign the bill. The mayor's allies on the council are lining up against the bill, but it's still expected to pass later Tuesday.