DC Passes One of Country’s Most Generous Paid Leave Laws

On April 7, 2017, Washington, DC passed one of the more robust paid parental leave laws in the nation. In doing so, it joins a growing number of cities and states, including San Francisco and New York, to pass legislation aimed at increasing paid leave to employees. Only 12% of American workers are offered paid leave through their employers.

Summary of the law
The Act, which becomes effective on July 1, 2020, provides covered employees with:

  • Up to 8 weeks of paid parental leave, which may be taken within one year following (1) birth of a child, (2) placement of a child for adoption or foster care, or (3) placement of a child where the eligible individual legally assumes and discharges parental responsibility.
  • Up to 6 weeks of paid family leave for employees to provide “care or companionship” to a family member who has a diagnosis or occurrence of a serious health condition.
  • Up to 2 weeks of paid medical leave for the diagnosis or occurrence of the employee’s own serious health condition.

To qualify for family or medical leave, the employee must demonstrate the presence of a “serious health condition,” which includes a physical or mental illness, injury, or impairment that requires inpatient care in a hospital, hospice, or residential health care facility, or continuing treatment or supervision at home by a health care provider or other competent individual.

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Melissa Gillespie
VP of HR Services at HR Knowledge
With over a decade of HR experience, Melissa brings to our clients a real-world perspective having held positions as a corporate HR manager and a consultant. Since 2010, Melissa has advised and worked with HR Knowledge’s clients in all areas of HR management, including workplace best practices, organizational enhancement, workforce training, performance measurement and compliance. She believes that a strong HR strategy improves a business’s productivity, quality and employee retention. Melissa’s commitment to service mirrors the culture and commitment that HR Knowledge strives to provide to our clients.

Prior to HR Knowledge, Melissa was most recently an independent HR Consultant. In this role, she was a trusted human resources advisor to small- and mid-sized organizations providing guidance, direction and advice about the application or interpretation of human resources and labor policies, as well as practices and procedures in a variety of areas related to human resource management.

Melissa is a certified human resource professional. She graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a concentration in Leadership. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and New England Human Resources Association (NEHRA).