Paid Family Leave Poster and Resources Published

As reported previously, D.C.’s paid family leave law becomes effective July 1, 2020. That is the date that eligible employees will become entitled to up to eight weeks of paid leave to bond with a new child, six weeks to care for a seriously ill family member, or two weeks for their own serious illness. Employers have been submitting the required tax assessment since July 1, 2019, in preparation for the new requirement. As a reminder, the new law applies to any employer with an employee who performs at least 50% of their work within the District.

The Department of Employment Services (DOES) has published a Paid Family Leave Employee Notice. The notice must be posted in the worksite with other employment posters by February 1, 2020. The notice must be provided in electronic or physical form to all existing D.C. employees at least once between February 1, 2020, and February 1, 2021, and annually thereafter. All new employees must receive a copy at the time of hire. Finally, the employer must distribute the notice to any employee who notifies the employer on or after February 1, 2020, of their need for leave for an event that could qualify for PFL benefits.

Further, DOES has posted an Employer Toolkit, which is designed to answer frequently asked questions and assist employers revise their leave policies.

DOES PFL Employee Notice »
DOES PFL Employer Toolkit »