Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) laws are expanding in states across the country. The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 guarantees eligible employees up to 12 weeks of leave without the threat of losing their benefits or their job. But the FMLA’s protection is limited: it assures only unpaid leave, which many workers can’t afford, and applies only to businesses with 50 or more employees.
The District of Columbia passed new regulations under the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016. Private sector employers should have begun recording workers’ wages on April 1, 2019. On July 1, 2019, the District will start collecting taxes for the Paid Family Leave (DC PFL) program from employers – with a July 31 deadline to pay. Employees can start taking benefits in July 2020.
Though the District’s program is named Paid Family Leave, it includes two weeks for employees’ own Medical Leave.
This is an ongoing series of updates on Paid Family and Medical Leave developments – so you can be prepared to fulfill all mandated requirements. This release features highlights for the District of Columbia.
With a few exceptions, all private employers are required to participate in the District’s program. There is no option to opt out of DC PFL through a private or self-funded plan.
Here’s what you need to know about DC PFL.