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HBA-DC Supports the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015

Saturday, October 15, 2016  
On October 6, 2016, HBA-DC sent a letter to the Council of the District of Columbia supporting passage of the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015.  The bill would establish a paid leave system for District residents and workers who are employed in the District of Columbia in the private sector that allows for paid family and medical leave.  Hispanics are the least likely to have access to paid sick days (only 38.4 percent) and paid parental leave (only 25.1 percent) of any racial or ethnic group.  Hispanic workers are also least likely to have access to unpaid leave – meaning that when they get sick, they have to choose between caring for themselves and keeping the jobs.  The Bill represents an important step forward by providing working families in the District with the flexibility and security of paid leave. The letter is available here.

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