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Tell Mayor Bowser to Veto the Universal Paid Leave Act

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser has until this Thursday, February 16, 2017 to decide what to do about Bill 21-415, the “Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016. The DC Dental Society has made its position known to Mayor Bowser and to the members of the City Council during the process that we oppose the act and its payroll tax on employers.

The act would provide 8 weeks paid leave for family care such as a sick child or parent, and 11 weeks paid parental leave. The wage replacement rate will be 90% for the lowest paid workers (earning below 150% of the minimum wage). For everyone else, the benefit is capped at $1,000 per week. The benefits will be funded entirely by a new 0.62% payroll tax on employers.

It is imperative that we as dentists and small business owners make our voices known to the mayor! DCDS has prepared an email template that you can use to communicate your opposition to the legislation. Contact Mayor Bowser now and urge her to veto 21-415, the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016.