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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 Final Contribution Regulations

Subject to approval by the DC Council, these rules set forth a regulatory framework for employer and self-employed individual registration for the District’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) program. The rulemaking also covers the PFL tax contribution, including the amount, payment schedules, and related collection procedures. Finally, these rules include the employer notice and recordkeeping responsibilities that must be completed in addition to their other obligations under the Act.

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.

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.