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District of Columbia Paid Family Leave

Paid Family Leave

Paid Family Leave Coming to the District of Columbia 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 Paid Leave Act provides up to eight weeks of parental leave to bond with a new child, six weeks of family leave to care for an ill family member with a serious health condition, and two weeks of medical leave to care for one’s 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].

Universal Paid Leave Proposed Regulations

Paid Leave Notice to Employers and Employees

The Office of Paid Family Leave recognizes the importance of identifying employers’ current and future paid leave needs and trends, and we invite your business to participate in the program’s 2018 Employer Paid Leave Assessment Survey. The goal of the survey is to identify the current paid leave resources available to employees in the District and determine how they align with the implementation efforts of the Paid Leave Act. If you have already completed and submitted the survey, thank you for your valuable input. If not, please complete your survey by May 7, 2018. Your responses are much appreciated, as they will assist in the implementation efforts, including the formation of rules and regulations.

2018 Employer Paid Leave Assessment Survey.

Paid Family Leave Quarterly Progress Reports:


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 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.