D.C. to consider requiring 16 weeks paid family leave

The Washington Post reports:

The District would become the most generous place in the country for a worker to take time off after giving birth or to care for a dying parent under a measure supported by a majority of the D.C. Council.

Under the legislation that will be introduced Tuesday, almost every part-time and full-time employee in the nation’s capital would be entitled to 16 weeks of paid family leave to bond with an infant or an adopted child, recover from an illness, recuperate from a military deployment or tend to an ill family member.

The funding for the measure would come from a new tax on D.C. employers, and is part of a broader effort by the Obama administration to push this type of law through state and local governments to serve as a model for the country. Read the whole Post story here.

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