We could have just lumped the Nation’s Capital into the above paragraph, but there always seems to be more to DC than meets the eye. Initiative 77, which would have increased the District minimum wage to $15/hour and eliminated the tipped wage by 2026, was passed by the voters in June of this year. Throughout the fall months, the DC city council and chairman Phil Mendelson discussed and finally voted to repeal Initiative 77 (several votes were required to perfect the repeal). Initiative 77 proponents then challenged the repeal by developing Referendum 8 and submitting it to the Board of Elections for certification (to be placed before the voters next June). In DC, a referendum is necessary to overturn an act (in this case, repeal of 77) passed by the council. An opponent of Initiative 77 who works in a restaurant filed a lawsuit on November 26 challenging the notice given for the filing of Referendum 8. The timing is relevant because proponents only have 30 working days when Congress is in session to collect and certify 25,000 signatures to get it on the ballot. The signatures must be collected by end of January. Confused? The drama’s different relative to funding the new Washington DC paid leave mandate, which Council Chairman Mendelson promised would be amended from the current version which calls for private employers to fund the benefit through a 0.62% payroll tax. Well, Mendelson reneged on amendments and the new payroll tax will fund the city-run program. The paid leave mandate provides up to eight weeks for the birth or adoption of a new child; six weeks to care for a family member with a serious medical condition; and two weeks for an employee’s own serious health condition. DC businesses are advised to budget the 0.62% payroll tax effective July 1, 2019, although the benefit itself will not be available to employees until July 1, 2020 at the earliest.