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DC Paid Family Leave

July 14, 2020


On July 1st, the District of Columbia (DC) Office of Paid Family Leave (OPFL) began working with employers and workers to administer the paid leave benefits under the DC Paid Family Leave Act (the Act). The Act is an insurance program that governs whether a worker will be eligible for paid leave benefits.

The Paid Leave Act provides up to 8 weeks to bond with a new child, six weeks to care for a family member with a severe health condition, and two weeks to care for your serious health condition. Employees may take any combination of family, parental, and/or medical leave up to the limits stated in a 52-week period. The Paid family leave may be taken intermittently; however, the combined leave total may not exceed eight weeks in the 52 weeks.

A qualifying business is any business performing services in DC that pays unemployment insurance (UI) taxes for its employees.  Once an employer has paid UI tax for one fiscal quarter for their worker, they will automatically be recognized as a covered employee for paid family leave. The paid leave benefits are paid by the DC government and funded by a quarterly employer payroll tax.

The OPFL will be hosting outreach and engagement events that include the Paid Family Leave webinars on:

Thursday, July 16, 2020

PFL Webinar

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST

REGISTER HERE

Thursday, July 30, 2020

PFL Webinar

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST

REGISTER HERE