For Immediate Release:
February 16, 2017
Matthew Nocella, (202) 724-8105
Statement of Councilmember Grosso on mayor’s advancement of paid leave
Washington, D.C. – Councilmember David Grosso released the following statement on the mayor’s advancement of the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015:
“We are now one step closer to relieving D.C. families and workers from the difficult choice between a paycheck and caring for a loved one.
“Paid leave provides financial stability to workers while allowing them to care for ailing family members. Parents who take leave after the arrival of a new child will return to work in better general health. More women will participate in the work place. Infant mortality will decline.
“The bill is also good for all businesses. They will now have a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining highly qualified employees with a progressive benefit that they can offer to all their workers at a fraction of the cost of providing it themselves.
“All this while continuing the upward trajectory of D.C.’s thriving economy.
“I appreciate the mayor advancing this legislation without her signature. I recognize the concerns she raised and commit to working with her and the rest of the Council to address them as we move forward with implementation.
“I urge the Congress to respect D.C. and our democratic right to enact policies and allow paid leave to become law.”