DC Council Passes Paid Leave Bill

WASHINGTON — The D.C. Council is moving forward with paid leave for all D.C. workers.

The Universal Paid Leave Act passed in the D.C. Council, with 9 votes in favor. The bill casts a .62 percent tax on businesses operating in D.C. to allow employees eight weeks to care for a new baby, six weeks to care for a sick family member and two weeks for personal medical leave.

In casting his vote in support of the bill he sponsored, At-Large Councilmember David Grosso called it the right thing to do.

In debate, councilmembers could not resolve how to prevent the majority of the money raised from going back home with workers who live in Virginia and Maryland.

Some also raised concerns about how small businesses will bear the tax.

Stay with WTOP.com for updates on this developing story.

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