It’s Time for Paid Leave in D.C. (February 24, 2016)
Melanie Campbell, Afro
According to published reports, the city is experiencing a population boom for the first time in decades. With this comes a baby boom. Young people are moving to the city and they will want to stay here and raise families. At the same time, our city is experiencing a growth in the number of baby boomers who are reaching retirement age. For all of us — newcomers, retirees and everyone else living and working in the District of Columbia, at some point, we will face the need for time away from work to recover from an illness or care for a new or ailing family member. We often hear the phrase, “think globally and act locally” and that’s exactly what the Committee of the Whole at the D.C. City Council was doing by introducing the D.C. Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015 last fall. This legislation fills a huge void by creating a paid family and medical leave program for all who live or work in the District of Columbia.