Paid Leave Program Expanded in DC

The District’s paid family and medical leave program will offer extended leave periods starting next month.

The DC Council’s budget for fiscal year 2022 includes the following provisions:
• Increasing the maximum duration for medical leave from 2 weeks to 6 weeks for paid leave claims filed from October 1, 2021 until October 1, 2022.
• After October 1, 2022, the maximum number of weeks for bonding, medical, and caregiving leave, may increase, depending on the availability of funding, up to as many as 12 weeks.
• Temporarily waiving the waiting period so that workers with leave claims do not have to wait 7 days before receiving benefits.
• Allowing workers to file for benefits up to 30 days after they qualify for leave.
• Temporarily expanding the earnings period used to calculate worker benefits so that workers who have lost income recently may be entitled to higher weekly benefit amounts.

The employer contribution rate will remain the same, but may be temporarily decreased in future years dependent on the status of the paid leave fund.