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Family and medical leave in D.C.

Family and Medical Leave in D.C.

Washington, D.C., joins the growing ranks of states with mandated family and medical leave this year. For employers in the District of Columbia with 50 or more employees, the law is effective April 1, 1991; employers of 20-49 people have until April 1, 1994; and those with fewer than 20 are exempt. The new law covers employees with one year of continuous service and at least 1,000 hours of service in the preceding 12 months.

Employers must allow up to 16 weeks of unpaid leave after the birth or adoption of a child or in the event of a serious health condition affecting a covered employee or family member. Family leave must be taken continously and within 12 months of the birth or adoption. Medical leave may be taken intermittently during the 24 months following the onset of illness. A "family member" means a relative by blood, legal custody, or marriage; a child living with the employee, who assumes parental responsibility, even if not legally adopted; and any person with whom the employee has lived for at least a year in a committed relationship.

Employees are entitled to undiminished group health coverage; COBRA coverage is insufficient. Employees may return after leave to the same or equivalent position, pay, benefits, seniority level, and other conditions. Certain highly paid employees may not be entitled to the same or equivalent position.
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Title Annotation:Management Update; Washington, D.C.
Publication:Association Management
Article Type:column
Date:Feb 1, 1991
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