January 13, 2020

District of Columbia: Paid Medical and Family Leave Posting

The District of Columbia’s Universal Paid Leave Act imposes a notice obligation on employers.  For background about this law, see our prior Benefit Beat articles from July and May, 2019.  

The Department of Employment Services (DOES), who enforces the provisions of this law, has issued a model notice that can be used to satisfy the employer’s notice obligation.  An employer is required to provide this notice to its employees at the following times:

  1. Posted in worksites along with other labor law posters by February 1, 2020;
  2. Provided once between February 1, 2020 and February 1, 2021, and annually thereafter;
  3. Provided to a new employee at the time of hire; and
  4. Provided upon learning of an employee’s right or need to take leave.

The notice can be provided physically or electronically. If provided electronically, the employer is required to retain the email receipt or signed statement by each employee acknowledging delivery of the notice.

As a reminder, DOES began collecting the 0.62% payroll tax to fund the paid medical and family leave benefit on July 1, 2019. Paid leave benefits begin July 1, 2020.


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