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Washington, D.C. Universal Paid Leave (DC UPL)

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Washington, D.C. Universal Paid Leave

Washington, D.C. passed a Universal Paid Leave (DC UPL) law with benefits taking effect July 1, 2020 for all leave types. DC UPL provides paid time away from work that employees can take for their own serious health condition, care of a seriously ill family member, or new child bonding within 12 months of birth or placement.

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Information presented below as of 1/1/2022

Effective Date

D.C. Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act
  • Effective 7/1/2019: Employer payroll tax begins
  • Effective 7/1/2020: Benefit eligibility begins

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Plan Features

Washington D.C. Universal Paid Leave plan features
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Covered Employer Private sector employers subject to DC Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax with at least one employee working in Washington D.C.
Eligibility Part-time, full-time, temporary and seasonal workers who:
  • Spend more than 50% of their time working in DC in the year prior to needing leave; OR
  • Are based in DC who spend a substantial amount of their work time for their employer in DC and don’t work more than 50% for that employer in another single jurisdiction.
Covered Family Members
  • A biological, adopted, or foster son or daughter, a stepson or stepdaughter, a legal ward, a son or daughter of a domestic partner, or a person to whom an eligible individual stands in loco parentis;
  • A biological, foster, or adoptive parent, a parent-in-law, a stepparent, a legal guardian, or other person who stood in loco parentis to an eligible individual when the eligible individual was a child;
  • A person to whom an eligible individual is related by domestic partnership or marriage;
  • A grandparent of an eligible individual; or
  • A sibling of an eligible individual
Leave Types
  • Employee’s own serious health condition
  • Care of a seriously ill family member
  • New child bonding within 12 months of birth or placement
  • Prenatal leave
Waiting Period Waived through July 24, 2022. Effective July 25, 2022: 7 days, except for bonding leave immediately following maternity medical leave.*
*Employee only needs to satisfy one waiting period in a 52-week period
Weekly Benefit
Weekly Benefit, pre-leave earnings versus weekly benefit percentage
Pre-Leave Earnings Weekly Benefit %
Up to 1.5x D.C. minimum wage x 40 90% of Average Weekly Wage (AWW)
>1.5x D.C. minimum wage x 40 The sum of 90% of employee’s AWW; plus 50% of the employee’s AWW that is greater than 50%
Maximum Benefit $1,009
Maximum Duration
  • Employee’s own health condition: Up to 6 weeks
  • Care of seriously ill family member: Up to 6 weeks
  • Bonding with a new child: Up to 8 weeks
  • Prenatal Leave: Up to 2 weeks
  • Maximum of 8 weeks of paid leave within 52-week period
Program Funding 0.62% of annual salary Employer payroll tax
Private Plan Options No. The Department of Employment Services will administer the paid family program.
Prudential Plans Available N/A
Additional Information https://does.dc.gov/page/district-columbia-paid-family-leave opens in a new window
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Visit Washington D.C.’s PFL website opens in a new window for more details and to read the regulations.

Please contact your Prudential representative with questions.

The Prudential Insurance Company of America (Prudential), Newark, NJ

For Compliance Use Only: GL.2019.229

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