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Employee Leave

Annual Leave and Sick Leave

Eligible employees accrue annual leave and sick leave each pay period.

Regular full-time employees accrue annual leave each pay period on the following schedule:

Years of Employment

Zero-two Years: 13 days (four hours per pay period)

Three-15 Years: 20 days (six hours per pay period)

15+ Years:  26 days (eight hours per pay period)

All regular full-time employees accrue 13 days of sick leave annually (four hours per pay period) regardless of years of employment.

Part-time employees who work at least 40 hours per pay period earn annual leave and sick leave at a proportional rate.

Executive Service employees receive 26 days of universal leave per calendar year, to be used for any purpose (prorated depending on start date).

Upon termination, an employee will receive cash value for 100 percent of the remaining accrued vacation days up to 160 hours.

Holidays

District of Columbia Government employees receive 11 paid holidays:

New Year's Day                                

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday     

Washington's Birthday     

District of Columbia Emancipation Day

Memorial Day    

Independence Day

Labor Day      

Columbus Day

Veterans Day                             

Thanksgiving Day                

Christmas Day

Annual Leave Bank

The Annual Leave Bank program is a fund of accumulated annual leave donated by employees for the use of other leave bank members. This program prevents or limits the loss of income by employees who are faced with medical emergencies and who do not have sufficient paid leave to cover their period of absence. In order to become a member and receive leave from the leave bank, an employee must donate a minimum of four hours of annual leave each year.  

Family and Medical Leave Act

The DC Family and Medical Leave Act (DCFMLA) was made effective on October 3, 1990, and is applicable to employees whose actual work location is in the District of Columbia as of April 1, 1991. To be eligible, employees must have worked for the District for one year with no break in service and have worked at least 1,000 hours (DCFMLA) or 1,250 hours (FMLA) during the 12-month period immediately preceding the request for leave.

DCFMLA Statutory Medical Leave

The DCFMLA allows for up to 16 weeks of unpaid leave in any 24-month period for employees who are physically unable to work because of a serious medical condition (including maternity). Medical documentation is required and an expected date of return must be provided.

DCFMLA Statutory Family Leave of Absence

The DCFMLA allows up to 16 weeks of unpaid leave in any 24-month period for specified reasons, as prescribed by the DCFMLA. The employee must provide documentation explaining the nature of the leave.