Beginning on October 1, a number of changes will take effect with the DC Universal Paid Leave program which employers must be aware of. Among the changes which were adopted in July, the maximum duration of paid leave benefits is increased to 12 workweeks for qualifying parental leave (up from 8 weeks), increased to 12 workweeks of qualifying family leave and 12 workweeks of medical leave (both up from 6 weeks), and 2 weeks of qualifying pre-natal leave continues without any change. In addition, the one-week waiting period for individuals to receive benefits has been eliminated. On the positive side of the ledger, resulting from a surplus in the fund, the employer payroll tax contribution rate has been reduced from 0.62% to 0.26% for the quarter that began on July 1, 2022. By the same token, we would take this opportunity to remind DC employers that the new sexual harassment training requirement is now in effect and that covered employers must by December 31, 2022 certify compliance with the requirements via this online portal at the DC Office of Human Rights.