Declaration of Emergency Leave

On March 17, 2020, the City Council approved the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act. The act added a new category of leave to the existing D.C. FMLA. The declaration of emergency (DOE) leave is available to employees who are unable to work during a period of time where the mayor has declared a public health emergency; and the employee has self-quarantined or isolated due to a recommendation or order by a health care provider, federal/state official, or the mayor.

Unlike existing D.C. FMLA, the DOE leave applies to employers of any size with an employee performing work in the district. Additionally, employees do not have to meet any service requirements to be eligible. The amount of unpaid leave is indefinite for the period of the public health emergency.

COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act »