Evan’s Amendment to D.C. Paid Family And Medical Leave Bill Hurts Small Businesses

Main Street Alliance Opposes Council Member Evans' Amendment to Gut Social Insurance Model from Universal Paid Leave Act

The Main Street Alliance strongly opposes Council Member Jack Evans' amendment to the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2016, which would devastate small business owners struggling to compete with their larger competitors.  Rather than relying on a social insurance pool--a model which would enable even the smallest business owners to offer leave for their employees and themselves--Evans' proposal would shift the full responsibility for absorbing the cost of employees’ paid leave on the employer.  

“[Council Member Evans'] proposal for employers to pay directly for their employees’ leave is motivated by a desire to save money for the city’s largest employers and corporations, hanging small and medium size business owners like me out to dry,” said Fatima Nayir, the owner of Mama’s Pizza in Anacostia and a member of the DMV Small Business Alliance, a project of Main Street Alliance.

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