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June 2020 Washington, D.C. HR Legal Updates

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D.C. Paid Family Leave Available July 1

What happened?
Washington, D.C. passed a law on February 17, 2017, to provide paid family leave to employees effective July 1, 2020.

What are the details?
Starting July 1, 2020 employers will need to accommodate employees taking their government provided paid leaves. Employers are entitled to the following paid leaves from the D.C. government:

  • Up to eight weeks per year to bond with a new child
  • Up to six weeks per year to care for a family member with a serious health condition
    • Up to two weeks per year to care for the employee’s own serious health condition

For a more detailed breakdown of what steps employers should have taken leading up to July 1, 2020, click here.

What do employers need to do?
Employers need to maintain records relating to the employee leaves for a minimum of three years. They will still need to report quarterly payroll contributions to the Department of Employment Services. Every year employers will need to provide a notice to all employees regarding their rights to Paid Family Leave. If the employer becomes aware of an employee who may need to use the Paid Family Leave they must provide a copy of the notice to the employee.

The notice is available online, click here.

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