Could Paid Family Leave Be Next in the District?

This September, the Department of Labor announced that Washington D.C.  will receive a $96,000 grant from the federal government to help assist in planning and start-up of a paid leave program to ensure all District workers are able to access affordable family leave. The funds can be used for planning purposes, such as designing the program and defining eligibility, as well as for research and analysis of the program, including stakeholder consultation. In addition to DC, the grants – $500,000 in total – were awarded to Massachusetts, Montana and Rhode Island.

Also, starting this October 1st, 30,000 DC government employees gained access to eight weeks of paid family leave, thanks to a bill that was championed by Councilmembers Grosso and McDuffie. Giving public sector workers the right to be supportive parents and to care for their families is a start. Until all DC workers are able to do the same, we have a lot of work to do.

Please share your personal story of needing paid family leave at www.dol.gov/PaidLeave.

To understand why this is important, meet Jennifer & Andrea. Both work full-time & are expecting babies on the same day. Watch to see what happens next.