Despite a disagreement with Mayor Muriel Bowser on the issue, DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is planning to introduce a revised paid family leave plan for a vote in November. Mendelson and his staff are working on the details of a new plan, including how much paid time employers would be required to provide. He said the final version of his plan will be something less than the 16 weeks he proposed earlier this year. His earlier proposal called for funding such an extensive sick leave program with a new 1% payroll tax on all employers in the nation’s capital. A coalition of DC-based business groups have proposed an alternative “Employer Mandate” plan, whereby small and medium-sized organizations would have two years to implement a paid-leave benefit for their employees. We’ll know more in a few weeks. Then, we can look at Vancouver, Washington on the West Coast where US Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) was talking up her idea of a federal paid sick leave law she has filed in the US Senate. Fortunately, her legislation has yet to catch on and may largely depend on who controls the next session of Congress post-election.