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Paid Family Leave

Paid Family Leave is coming to the District of Columbia in July 2020


The mission of the Office of Paid Family Leave (OPFL) is to plan, develop, and administer a paid leave program for the District of Columbia under the provisions of the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016.
The District of Columbia is implementing paid family leave so you don’t have to choose between caring for yourself or your loved ones and your job security. The Paid Leave Act provides up to:

  • 8 weeks to bond with a new child
  • 6 weeks to care for a family member with a serious health condition
  • 2 weeks to care for your own serious health condition

On July 1, 2019, the District will begin the collection of taxes from employers and on July 1, 2020, the District will begin administering paid leave benefits.

For inquiries regarding the Paid Family Leave program, please contact the Office of Paid Family Leave at [email protected] or visit our website

About the DC Office of Paid Family Leave

The DC Office of Paid Family Leave (OPFL) at the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) is working with employers and residents to support the implementation of Paid Family Leave and to ensure our communities are a meaningful part of the process. More information is available here


Employment Opportunities:

Chief of Benefits

Supervisory Tax Examiner- Status/Registration 

Paid Family Leave Proposed Benefits Regulations

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Universal Paid Leave Program Benefits Regulations

Make your voice heard! You can help determine how DC implements the new Paid Family Leave benefits, including eligibility requirements and how to file claims. View the proposed rules and add your comments. All comments are due by September 9, 2019.

How to submit comments:

[email protected]

Department of Employment Services
Office of Paid Family Leave
4058 Minnesota Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20019

Paid Family Leave Final Tax Regulations

The Director of the Department of Employment Services (DOES), pursuant to the authority set forth in the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016, effective April 7, 2017 (D.C. Law 21-264; D.C. Official Code §§ 32-541.01 et seq. (2018 Supp.)) (the “Act”), and Mayor’s Order 2018-036, dated March 29, 2018, hereby gives notice of the intent to amend Title 7 (Employment Benefits) of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR) by adding a new Chapter 34 (Paid Leave Contributions). Click here to view the Paid Family Leave Final Tax Regulations.


Public Notice to District of Columbia Employers And Employees for Paid Family Leave

Visit Outreach & Engagement Events for more information or to register for upcoming PFL events. 


Paid Family Leave
Weekly Benefit Calculator

If you are eligible for Paid Family Leave in the District of Columbia, you may receive a weekly benefit amount which is based on your weekly wages.
The current maximum weekly benefit amount is $1,000.
The calculation will be based off of a minimum wage of $15 per hour.

The calculator below will provide you an estimate of your weekly benefit amount.


Enter your Average Weekly Wages:
(Gross wages, before taxes)




Your estimated Weekly Benefit Amount:






REMINDER: This benefit calculator only provides an estimate of your weekly benefit amount and does not guarantee the payment of paid leave benefits. Eligibility is determined once your claim has been processed and approved.

Paid Family Leave
Quarterly Tax Calculator

Private-sector employers in the District will pay a .62% tax beginning July 1, 2019, to fund the paid-leave benefit. The Paid Family Leave tax is 100% employer-funded and may not be deducted from a worker’s paycheck.

The calculator below will provide you with an estimate of your quarterly tax amount.


Enter your Quarterly Wages:
(Gross wages)




Your estimated Quarterly Tax Amount:
(Gross wages x .0062)






DISCLAIMER: This tax calculator only provides an estimate of your quarterly tax amount. Actual tax liability is not determined by this calculator. Liability is determined based on the wages that are submitted to the Office of Paid Family Leave.