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2 Chairman Phil Mendelson
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6 A BILL
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10 IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
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15 To provide, on an emergency basis, for the health, safety, and welfare of District residents and
16 support to businesses during the current public health emergency; and for other purposes.
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19 TABLE OF CONTENTS
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21 TITLE I. LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT ................................................ 3
22 Sec. 101. Wage replacement. ............................................................................................... 4
23 Sec. 102. Unemployment insurance clarification. ............................................................... 6
24 Sec. 103. Shared work compensation program clarification. .............................................. 8
25 Sec. 104. Family and medical leave. ................................................................................. 20
26 Sec. 105. Paid public health emergency leave. .................................................................. 23
27 TITLE II. BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ........................................... 28
28 Sec. 201. Small business microgrants. ............................................................................... 28
29 Sec. 202. Contractor advance payment. ............................................................................. 31
30 Sec. 203. Certified Business Enterprise assistance. ........................................................... 31
31 Sec. 204. Alcoholic beverage regulation. .......................................................................... 34
32 Sec. 205. Third-party food delivery commissions. ............................................................ 46
33 Sec. 207. Taxes and trade name renewals. ........................................................................ 48
34 TITLE III. CONSUMER PROTECTION AND REGULATION ...................................... 49
35 Sec. 301. Reserved. ............................................................................................................ 49
36 Sec. 302. Funeral services consumer protection. ............................................................... 49
37 Sec. 303. Debt collection. .................................................................................................. 52
38 Sec. 304. Emergency credit alerts. ..................................................................................... 55
39 Sec. 305. Enhanced penalties for unlawful trade practices................................................ 57
40 Sec. 306. Price gouging and stockpiling. ........................................................................... 57
41 Sec. 307. Utility shutoff. .................................................................................................... 59
42 Sec. 308. Utility payment plans. ........................................................................................ 63
43 Sec. 309. Composting virtual training. .............................................................................. 67
44 Sec. 310. Emergency Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking authority. ........ 68
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45 Sec. 311. Vacant property designations. ............................................................................ 70
46 Sec. 312. Extension of licenses and registrations; waiver of deadlines. ............................ 70
47 TITLE IV. HOUSING AND TENANT PROTECTIONS ................................................... 71
48 Sec. 401. Mortgage relief. .................................................................................................. 71
49 Sec. 402. Tenant payment plans. ....................................................................................... 75
50 Sec. 403. Residential cleaning. .......................................................................................... 79
51 Sec. 404. Eviction prohibition. .......................................................................................... 79
52 Sec. 405. Residential tenant protections. ........................................................................... 80
53 Sec. 406. Rent increase prohibition. .................................................................................. 86
54 Sec. 407. Nonprofit corporations and cooperative association remote meetings. ............. 87
55 Sec. 408. Foreclosure moratorium. .................................................................................... 87
56 TITLE V. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ................................................................ 88
57 Sec. 501. Prescription drugs. ............................................................................................. 88
58 Sec. 502. Homeless services. ............................................................................................. 89
59 Sec. 503. Extension of care and custody for aged-out youth. ............................................ 92
60 Sec. 504. Reserved. ............................................................................................................ 93
61 Sec. 506. Contact tracing hiring requirements. .................................................................. 93
62 Sec. 507. Public health emergency authority. .................................................................... 94
63 Sec. 508. Public benefits clarification and continued access. ............................................ 98
64 Sec. 509. Notice of modified staffing levels. ................................................................... 100
65 Sec. 510. Reserved. .......................................................................................................... 100
66 Sec. 511. Reserved. .......................................................................................................... 100
67 Sec. 512. Long-Term Care Facility reporting of positive cases. ..................................... 101
68 Sec. 514. Hospital support funding. ................................................................................. 101
69 Sec. 515. Contractor reporting of positive cases.............................................................. 103
70 TITLE VI. EDUCATION ..................................................................................................... 105
71 Sec. 601. Graduation requirements. ................................................................................. 105
72 Sec. 602. Out of school time report waiver. .................................................................... 106
73 Sec. 603. Summer school attendance............................................................................... 107
74 Sec. 604. Reserved. .......................................................................................................... 107
75 Sec. 605. Reserved. .......................................................................................................... 107
76 Sec. 606. Reserved. .......................................................................................................... 107
77 TITLE VII. PUBLIC SAFETY AND JUSTICE ................................................................ 107
78 Sec. 701. Jail reporting. ................................................................................................... 107
79 Sec. 702. Civil rights enforcement................................................................................... 109
80 Sec. 703. FEMS reassignments........................................................................................ 110
81 Sec. 704. Reserved. .......................................................................................................... 110
82 Sec. 705. Extension of time for non-custodial arrestees to report. .................................. 110
83 Sec. 706. Good time credits and compassionate release.................................................. 111
84 Sec. 707. Healthcare provider liability. ........................................................................... 113
85 Sec. 708 ............................................................................................................................ 116
86 TITLE VIII. GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS ................................................................. 116
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87 Sec. 801. Reserved. .......................................................................................................... 116
88 Sec. 802. Reserved. .......................................................................................................... 116
89 Sec. 803. Reserved. .......................................................................................................... 116
90 Sec. 804. Reserved. .......................................................................................................... 116
91 Sec. 805. Reserved. .......................................................................................................... 116
92 Sec. 806. Reserved. .......................................................................................................... 116
93 Sec. 807. Remote notarizations........................................................................................ 116
94 Sec. 808. Reserved. .......................................................................................................... 119
95 Sec. 809. Open meetings.................................................................................................. 119
96 Sec. 810. Electronic witnessing. ...................................................................................... 120
97 Sec. 811. Electronic wills. ............................................................................................... 124
98 Sec. 812. Administrative hearings deadlines. .................................................................. 127
99 Sec. 813. Other boards and commissions. ....................................................................... 128
100 Sec. 814. Living will declaration. .................................................................................... 128
101 Sec. 815. Retirement Board Executive Director appointment. ........................................ 130
102 (D) Notwithstanding any provision of law, the annual salary of the Executive Director
103 shall be fixed by the Board as it deems necessary at a rate for each not to exceed 135% of
104 the highest step of Grade E5 of the Executive Service.
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106 Sec. 816. WMATA Board of Directors appointment.
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109 TITLE IX. LEGISLATIVE BRANCH ............................................................................... 131
110 Sec. 901. Council detailee appointment clarification. ..................................................... 131
111 Sec. 902. Grant budget modifications. ............................................................................. 132
112 Sec. 903. Budget submission requirements. .................................................................... 132
113 Sec. 904. Reserved. .......................................................................................................... 133
114 Sec. 905. Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. ........................................................... 133
115 TITLE X. REPEALS; APPLICABILITY; FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENT;
116 EFFECTIVE DATE .............................................................................................................. 136
117 Sec. 1001. Repeals. .......................................................................................................... 137
118 Sec. 1002. Applicability................................................................................................... 137
119 Sec. 1003. Fiscal impact statement. ................................................................................. 137
120 Sec. 1004. Effective date. ................................................................................................ 137
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122 BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this
123 act may be cited as the Coronavirus Support Emergency Amendment Act of 2021.
124 TITLE I. LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
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125 Sec. 101. Wage replacement.
126 (a) Notwithstanding any provision of District law, but subject to applicable federal laws
127 and regulations, during a period of time for which the Mayor has declared a public health
128 emergency pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980,
129 effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code 7-2304.01), an affected
130 employee shall be eligible for unemployment insurance in accordance with subsection (b) of this
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132 (b)(1) Upon application, an affected employee shall receive unemployment insurance
133 compensation (UI), which the Director of the Department of Employment Services shall
134 administer under the Unemployment Compensation Program established pursuant to the District
135 of Columbia Unemployment Compensation Act, approved August 28, 1935 (49 Stat. 946; D.C.
136 Official Code 51-101 et seq.).
137 (2) An affected employee shall be eligible for UI regardless of whether the:
138 (A) Employer has provided a date certain for the employees return to
139 work; or
140 (B) Employee has a reasonable expectation of continued employment with
141 the current employer.
142 (3) For an affected employee, the term most recent work shall mean the
143 employer for whom the individual last performed at least one day of employment as that term is
144 defined by section 1(2)(B) of the District of Columbia Unemployment Compensation Act,
145 approved August 28, 1935 (49 Stat. 946; D.C. Official Code 51-101(2)(B)).
146 (c) Benefits paid pursuant to this section shall not be charged to the experience rating
147 accounts of employers.
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148 (d) For the purposes of this section, the term affected employee means an employee
149 who, except as provided in subsection (g) of this section, is otherwise eligible for UI pursuant to
150 section 9 of the District of Columbia Unemployment Compensation Act, approved August 28,
151 1935 (49 Stat. 950; D.C. Official Code 51-109), and who is determined by the Mayor to have
152 become unemployed or partially unemployed as a result of the circumstances giving rise to the
153 public health emergency. The term affected employee includes an employee who has been
154 quarantined or isolated by the Department of Health or any other applicable District or federal
155 agency, an employee who has self-quarantined or self-isolated in a manner consistent with the
156 recommendations or guidance of the Department of Health, any other applicable District or
157 federal agency, or a medical professional, or an employee of an employer that ceased or reduced
158 operations due to an order or guidance from the Mayor or the Department of Health or a
159 reduction in business revenue resulting from the circumstances giving rise to the public health
160 emergency, as determined by the Mayor, all as demonstrated by reasonable documentation
161 required by the Mayor or the Mayors designee.
162 (e) For the purposes of a public health emergency, good cause as set forth in section 10
163 of the District of Columbia Unemployment Compensation Act, approved August 28, 1935 (49
164 Stat. 950; D.C. Official Code 51-110), shall include:
165 (1) An employers failure to timely comply with a written directive from the
166 Mayor or the Department of Health in relation to public safety measures necessary to protect its
167 employees or the public during the public health emergency; or
168 (2) An employers requirements that an employee be physically present in the
169 workplace despite the employee having:
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170 (A) Been quarantined or isolated by the Department of Health or any other
171 applicable District or federal agency; or
172 (B) Self-quarantined or self-isolated in a manner consistent with the
173 recommendations or guidance of the Department of Health, any other applicable District or
174 federal agency, or a medical professional.
175 (f) If the Mayor determines that the payment of UI under this section may not be made
176 from the District Unemployment Fund or from the unemployment fund of another jurisdiction
177 due to federal law or regulation, payment may be made by the Mayor from any other source of
178 funds that is available.
179 (g) Notwithstanding any provision of District law, but subject to applicable federal laws
180 and regulations, during a period of time for which the Mayor has declared a public health
181 emergency pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980,
182 effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code 7-2304.01), the
183 requirements of section 9(a)(4)(B) and (5) of the District of Columbia Unemployment
184 Compensation Act, approved August 28, 1935 (49 Stat. 950; D.C. Official Code 51-
185 109(a)(4)(B) and (5)), shall not apply.
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187 Sec. 102. Unemployment insurance clarification.
188 The District of Columbia Unemployment Compensation Act, effective August 28, 1935
189 (49 Stat. 946; D.C. Official Code 51-101 et seq.), is amended as follows:
190 (a) Section 1(2) (D.C. Official Code 51-101(2)) is amended by adding a new
191 subparagraph (A-i) to read as follows:
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192 (A-i) During a period of time for which the Mayor has declared a public
193 health emergency pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of
194 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code 7-2304.01), and in
195 conformity with federal law, the Director may determine that the term employment as defined
196 in paragraph (2)(A) of this section may include individuals who are self-employed, seeking part-
197 time employment, do not have sufficient work history, or otherwise would not qualify for regular
198 unemployment or extended benefits under District or federal law or pandemic emergency
199 unemployment compensation..
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