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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].

Paid Family Leave Proposed Regulations

DOES published a second Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the D.C. Register on Friday, July 6, 2018. The pubilc comment period for this proposed rulemaking closed on Sunday, August 5, 2018. Thank you for submitting comments on the proposed tax regulations.
DOES initially published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the D.C. Register on April 6, 2018, which included regulations to implement the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 as a whole.  Based on comments received, and the statutory timelines, DOES decided to divide the regulations into two chapters, separating the employer contributions and paid-leave benefits.  Additionally, these proposed tax regulations include significant changes from the initial proposed rules in order to address employer registration and responsibilities, opt-in and opt-out procedures for self-employed individuals, wages, and contribution and collection procedures.

Paid Family Leave Proposed Tax Regulations Comment Matrix

On Friday, April 6, 2018 and Friday, July 6, 2018 the Office of Paid Family Leave posted the first and second iterations of the proposed rules and regulations for tax collection. These proposed rules were published in the DC register for a thirty (30) day public comment period, and included below are matrices of the comments that were received in relation to collection of taxes for the paid-leave program.

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

Employer Paid Leave Assessment Survey

Thank you for completing the survey. Your responses are much appreciated, as they will assist in the implementation efforts, including the formation of rules and regulations. OPFL recognizes the importance of identifying employers’ current and future paid leave needs. The goal of the survey was to identify the current paid leave resources available to employees in the District and determine how they align with implementation efforts of the Paid Leave Act.

Paid Family Leave Quarterly Progress Reports:

Community Corner: Outreach & Engagement Updates
Click here to learn more about outreach and engagement efforts (e.g. community meetings, film screenings, information sesssions) in the Paid Family Leave Community Corner.



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.