Oversight Roundtable: Universal Paid Family Leave 6 Month Review

On Friday, January 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., Councilmember Elissa Silverman, Chairperson of the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, will hold a roundtable on the District’s universal paid family leave program. The Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (L21-264) established a paid leave system to provide partial wage replacement for District workers in need of leave from work due to serious family illness, personal medical needs, or to care for a new child.  The universal paid leave program began providing benefits to eligible workers on July 1, 2020. At this roundtable, the Committee will hear testimony concerning the first six months of the program. See further information at the full roundtable notice here.

Tune in via DC Cable Channel 13 or online at www.dccouncil.us.

Those who wish to testify live at the roundtable must sign up no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, by providing their information on the form at this link.

Witnesses who require language interpretation or sign language interpretation are asked to complete the form linked above or email the Labor Committee at [email protected] as soon as possible, but no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, stating their need for interpretation and requested language.

On Thursday, January 21, the Committee will email witnesses who signed up by January 20, in order to provide them with details about how to participate in the roundtable via the Zoom platform. Only witnesses who have signed up by the Wednesday, January 20, 5:00 pm deadline will be permitted to participate. Those planning to testify are encouraged to submit an electronic copy of written testimony by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 21 so that staff may distribute testimonies to Committee members and staff before the hearing.

If anyone is unable to testify at the roundtable, written statements will be made a part of the official record. Written statements should be submitted by email to [email protected].  Additionally, the public may provide testimony by voice mail by calling (202) 455-0153, stating and spelling the witness’s name, stating any organizational affiliation, and speaking slowly to provide a statement to be transcribed and included in the record. The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 5, 2021.

Background materials:

  1. Committee letter to DOES, Dec. 9, 2020
  2. DOES response to Committee letter
  3. DOES response to Committee letter - attachments
  4. DOES response to Committee letter - Excel question 6
  5. DOES Director testimony
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