July 1, 2020: DC workers finally get paid leave benefits!
No one should be forced to make impossible choices between caring for the people we love and earning the money we need. With a paid family and medical leave program in DC we can improve workplace standards and ensure that families have the financial stability they need when life happens!
Being there when your loved ones need you — or when you need you — is not negotiable!
Thanks to the JUFJ community, the DC Paid Family Leave Coalition, and every person, family, business, and organization who lent time, energy, passion, and creativity to the campaign, the DC Council passed a precedent-setting paid family and medical leave policy in December 2016 that became law in April 2017.
Everyone who works for a DC employer is eligible for the DC paid leave program, except for those employed by the Federal or District government. That includes full-time workers, part-time workers, temporary workers, and seasonal workers who usually spend the majority of their work time in DC. Self-employed people who work in DC may also be eligible for benefits if they opted into the program. It does not matter where you live, so long as you currently work in the District and the paid leave program has a record of your wages (which are reported by your employer every three months).
Read more about your benefits at the Campaign for DC Paid Family Leave website, or in the handbook produced by DC’s Office of Paid Family Leave.