Washington D.C.

Be in the Know: New Rules on Leave

Washington D.C. requires paid medical leave (PML) and paid family leave (PFL) income replacement benefits for eligible workers who need time off from work for qualifying reasons. The program is commonly referred to as Universal Paid Leave (UPL).

Coverage and cost

Learn more about your state rules and eligibility

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Covered employers

All non-government, private sector employers except those that are exempt from D.C. taxes by federal law or treaty. Self-employed individuals who have opted into the program.

Coverage options

D.C. plan only. Private plans are not allowed.

Cost

Covered employers must pay a 0.62% quarterly payroll tax based on the immediate past quarter of gross or total wages paid, much like the unemployment insurance tax. Employer-funded program.

Employee eligibility

Workers must have worked over 50% of the time in D.C. in the 52 calendar weeks immediately preceding the leave; or regularly spend a substantial amount of time working in D.C. and work less than 50% of their time in another jurisdiction.

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Leave Reasons

To care for an ill family member, your own illness/injury, bonding/parental leave.

Job protection

This law does not provide job protection.

Benefits

Employees receive up to 90% of their average weekly wage on a sliding scale. Maximum weekly benefit is $1,000.

Family caregiver leave allows 6 weeks in 52-week period. Medical leave 2 weeks (6 weeks effective 10/1/2021). Parental leave 8 weeks. Combined 8 weeks. 1-week waiting period.

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Timeline and key dates

Effective July 1, 2021.

Need more information?

Visit Washington D.C.'s website for additional details.

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How Unum can help

Washington D.C. requires coverage from the D.C. program so Unum is unable to offer D.C. plans.

Have questions?

Reach out to our sales team to learn more about Unum’s state PFML and absence management solutions.