Summary of Statutory Disability & Paid Family Leave Plans

Statutory Disability & Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits are required to be provided by employers or the State to employees working in the below states. Disability benefits provide short term wage replacement to employees to recover from their own medical condition. PFL is paid time away from work to bond with a new child, take care of a sick family member, or have a qualifying military exigency.

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District of Columbia

Department of Employment Services
Office of Paid Family Leave (OPFL)

Phone: (202) 724-7000
Fax: (202) 673-6993
TTY: (202) 698-4817
State administers claims only

Private plans not currently permitted
Employees receive a benefit rate of up to 90% of their average weekly wage. (sliding scale based on wages compared to District’s minimum wage)Maximum weekly benefit in 2021 is $1,000
Disability/Medical Leave
Maximum 2 weeks

Parental Leave (Bonding)
Maximum 8 weeks

Family care leave
Maximum 6 weeks
Employees may only use a combined maximum 8 weeks in a benefit year.
ELIGIBILITYEmployee 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.
WAITING PERIOD7 calendar days in 52 calendar week period for all benefit types.

Employees need only serve one waiting period per year regardless of claim reason.
Covered employers must pay a 0.62% quarterly tax based on employee’s gross earnings from previous quarter.

No maximum/cap on employer tax.
None - 100% Employer Funded

* Program provisions currently under development

Upcoming Statutory State Program:

• Employee Deductions begin January 1, 2022
• Benefits begin January 1, 2023 *HB 3398 pending to delay implementation requirements for PFML program one year

• Employee Deductions begin January 1, 2023
• Benefits begin January 1, 2024

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