DC Government Begins New Paid Family Leave Program


Mayor Gray welcomes federal grant to study expanding paid family leave to private sector

(Washington, DC) Mayor Vincent C. Gray, following through on the commitment he made in his 2014 State of the District Address, today announced that the District government will begin offering its employees paid family leave tomorrow. Effective October 1, employees can receive up to eight weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a family member with a serious health condition.

In his March 2014 State of the District Address, Mayor Gray stated his intentions to provide parents with the ability to bond with their children. Fewer than 16 percent of state and local governments offer parental or family leave to their employees, and fewer than 12 percent of private sector employers offer it.

“I am very proud that the District government is leading the way by providing new parents a chance to bond with their children, as well as offering family members the ability to care for loved ones without worrying about leave time or whether they will have to forego paychecks. We are doing the right thing for our employees and their families,” said Mayor Gray. “We want to continue to be an employer of choice, and to be viewed as a child-and family-friendly city. I further challenge all employers in the city and the region to follow the District government’s forward-thinking example and provide this benefit.”

Mayor Gray also announced today that the US Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded the DC Department of Employment Services a $96,281 grant to study the feasibility and impact of all employers in the District, including private businesses, offering paid family leave. The District is one of only four states to receive this grant. The states’ analysis will help shape the development and implementation of paid family leave on a wider level.

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