D.C. Paid Leave Hearing to Focus on Economic Impact

Lawmakers in the nation's capital are set to hear about how a bill guaranteeing paid family leave would affect the city's economy.

The bill as written would give the nation's most generous paid leave benefits to people who live and work in the District of Columbia. It would mandate 16 weeks of paid leave for the birth of a child, a medical condition or caring for a sick relative. The benefit would be funded by a new payroll tax.

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson says the District will pass some form of paid leave mandate. He says he wants "a worker-friendly bill that is good for businesses.''

Mendelson says the council will be getting economic studies during a hearing on Thursday that "will help to better inform the debate.''

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