The Department of Employment Services (DOES), the agency implementing DC’s new paid family and medical leave program, is inviting the public to participate in a town hall discussions of the program this summer.
There is a lot at stake in how DOES designs the fine print details of paid leave benefit administration and the agency needs to hear directly from DC workers about these details that are ‘make it or break it’ for program usability; they need to know we’re paying attention.
PFL Benefits Town Hall Forum
Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018
Location: Uline Arena
1140 Third Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Metro: NoMA (red line)
Important feedback to share with DOES at this town hall regarding benefit administration:
- Paid leave benefits must be available to workers who have lost their job on account of needing to provide family care
- The proposed regulations are too restrictive when it comes to proof of identity and proof of family relationship (e.g. government paperwork is required to prove a sibling relationship)
- People should be able to file benefit claims in advance of the taking leave to expedite the payment process (e.g. if you have a surgery planned for August 23, you should be able to file your paperwork for leave in advance and not have to wait until Aug 24 to apply for benefits.)
- Much, much more!
Additionally, there is a town hall for employers and self-employed individuals focusing on the tax collection components of the paid leave program that we urge you to attend. More details:
PFL Tax Town Hall Forum
Thursday, August 16, 2018
If you are planning to attend this town hall, please let DC Paid Family Leave Campaign Manager Joanna Blotner know so she can share additional details: firstname.lastname@example.org.