Concerned about the economic impact that passage of the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2016 (currently pending in the DC Council) would have, a number of national business groups headquartered in the nation’s capital have submitted an alternative to the DC Council for their consideration.  The Employer Mandate plan put forth by the business coalition calls for full wage replacement for 8 weeks for employees who have worked at least 1250 hours and been employed at least one year.  The program would create a shared risk insurance pool a through a private insurance market as an option for organizations with fewer than 50 employees.  In addition, DC funds totaling $20 million that the DC Council has already put forth would be redirected under the Employer Mandate Plan to subsidize the premiums for smaller organizations.  The legislation was submitted to the Mayor and the Council this week along with a letter from the coalition explaining their proposal in detail.