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D.C.’s Battle for Paid Family Leave

City-council members in the nation’s capital are preparing for a final vote on what could be the most expansive parental-leave law in the United States.
Source: Toru Hanai / Reuters

This week, the District of Columbia is poised to become the next in a growing number of state and local governments to provide workers with a benefit not offered under federal law: paid leave for new parents. The United States remains the only industrialized nation to not offer the benefit, but if the District’s proposed legislation passes, it would become the most generous paid-family-leave law in the country.

D.C.’s proposed law would create a fund that would provide private-sector workers with up to 90 percent of their full wages for 11 weeks, capped at $1,000 a week. The leave would cover care for a newborn or adopted child, or provide eight weeks

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