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  • Amount of Paid Leave Dramatically Increased Under D.C. Universal Paid Leave Law

    Due to a surplus in the District of Columbia’s Universal Paid Leave Fund, the number of weeks of paid leave available to D.C. workers under D.C.’s Universal Paid Leave Act will significantly increase on July 1, 2022. Read more here. Continue Reading
    March 11, 2022
  • D.C. Employees to Get Paid Leave for COVID-19 Vaccines Well into 2022

    D.C.’s new “COVID Vaccination Leave Temporary Amendment Act of 2021” (Temporary Act) will extend employees’ entitlement to paid time off for both COVID-19 vaccination and recovery from any side effects well into 2022. Read more about about employer obligations here. Continue Reading
    January 14, 2022
  • D.C. Mayor Signs Off on D.C. Employees Getting Paid Leave for COVID-19 Vaccines

    On November 18, 2021, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the “COVID Vaccination Leave Emergency Amendment Act of 2021” and it has now been enacted. Accordingly, the Emergency Act will remain in effect for not more than 90 days, or until February 16, 2022. Read our full coverage here. Continue Reading
    November 19, 2021
  • D.C. Council Unanimously Adopts Paid Leave for D.C. Employees Getting COVID-19 Vaccines

    The D.C. Council has adopted legislation that “removes one of the biggest obstacles workers say prevents them from getting the COVID-19 vaccine” by ensuring paid time off for both vaccination and recovery from any side effects. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is expected to sign the “COVID Vaccination Leave Emergency Amendment Act of 2021” into law.... Continue Reading
    November 16, 2021
  • October Brings Changes to D.C. Universal Paid Leave Law and D.C. Family and Medical Leave Act

    The District of Columbia has enacted emergency legislation expanding the District’s Universal Paid Leave Act (UPLA). The legislation takes effect on October 1, 2021, and lasts for no more than 90 days. In addition, the D.C. Mayor signed legislation to make these changes permanent. That legislation is in its 30-day Congressional review period. The legislation... Continue Reading
    October 5, 2021
  • Make Room on Your Bulletin Board for Virginia’s Notice on Reasonable Accommodations for Disability

    The Virginia Office of Civil Rights has issued its new poster for employers regarding reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. Starting July 1, 2021, covered Virginia employers must post this poster in a conspicuous location and provide a copy of the poster to any employee who discloses they have a disability, within 10 days of that disclosure.... Continue Reading
    July 2, 2021
  • Virginia Employers Soon Must Adopt, Provide Accommodation Policies to Employees With Disabilities

    Starting on July 1, 2021, most Virginia employers must include information in their employee handbooks about reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and provide that information directly to any employee within 10 days after receiving notice that the employee has a disability. Read more about this new requirement. Continue Reading
    June 29, 2021
  • With Federal COVID-19 Leave Ending, Leave Laws in D.C. and Elsewhere Take Center Stage

    When the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expired on December 31, 2020, COVID-19-related leave was no longer assured for many employees throughout the United States unless another law, like the Family and Medical Leave Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act, applies. Jurisdictions that have COVID-19-related leave laws (such as the District of... Continue Reading…
    January 6, 2021
  • With Federal COVID-19 Leave Ending, Leave Laws in D.C. and Elsewhere Take Center Stage

    When the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expired on December 31, 2020, COVID-19-related leave was no longer assured for many employees throughout the United States unless another law, like the Family and Medical Leave Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act, applies. Jurisdictions that have COVID-19-related leave laws (such as the District of... Continue Reading
    January 6, 2021
  • D.C.’s Highly Anticipated Paid Family Leave Program To Launch On Wednesday

    After three years of preparation, the District of Columbia’s Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 goes live this Wednesday, July 1. The law enables eligible employees who work in D.C. to take paid leave for certain family and medical purposes. Earlier this year, the D.C. Department of Employment Services, which will administer the program,... Continue Reading
    June 29, 2020

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