[email protected]May 22, 2021Self-Employed Individuals
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Not sure where to begin? Take this questionnaire to learn about the benefits you may be eligible to receive.
Do you work in the District of Columbia or is your job based here?
Select an answer to continue.
DC Paid Family Leave is only available to people who work in the District of Columbia. It looks like you may not be eligible for benefits, but you should check with your employer to confirm your eligibility status. Your employer is required to tell you if your job is covered by DC Paid Family Leave.
Do you work for one of the following employers?
The District government
The federal government
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
A religious institution
DC Paid Family Leave is only available to private-sector employees whose employer pays the PFL tax. It looks like you may not be eligible for benefits, but you should check with your employer to confirm your eligibility status. Your employer is required to tell you if your job is covered by DC Paid Family Leave.
Based on your employment, it appears that you may be covered by DC Paid Family Leave. Now, let’s see if you experienced a qualifying event. Did you recently experience one of the following events? Or do you know that one of them will happen soon?
Sorry, it looks like you may not qualify. DC’s Paid Family Leave is here for you when you need time off work to care for yourself or a family member, to bond with a new child, or attend prenatal appointments.
Does one of your family members have a serious health condition?
Family members include children, parents, grandparents, siblings, or your spouse.
Eligible health conditions include conditions that cause an overnight stay at a hospital, conditions that cause an extended period of incapacity and a need for treatment, chronic conditions, incurable conditions, restorative surgeries, and preventative treatments.
It looks like you may not be eligible for benefits. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please call 202-899-3700.
Did you or your family member’s qualifying event happen already? Or will it happen soon?
You may qualify for DC Paid Family Leave! Make sure you have what you need to apply by clicking below.
You may qualify for DC Paid Family Leave in the future. You won’t be able to file until after your event, but you can still prepare now. Make sure you have what you need to apply by clicking below.
In accordance with the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016, the maximum weekly Paid Family Leave benefit will increase from $1,000 to $1,009 for all claims with approved leave dates that begin on or after September 26, 2021. The Act requires the maximum weekly benefit amount to increase in proportion to the annual increase in the area’s Consumer Price Index for the previous calendar year.
The Department of Employment Services will produce updated Paid Family Leave notice posters, available to all district employers at dcpaidfamilyleave.dc.gov. Every covered employer subject to the Universal Paid Family Leave Amendment Act of 2016 must post the updated notice poster by February 1, 2022 on the premises at which any covered employee works.
Please direct all inquiries to:
Office of Paid Family Leave
4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE Suite 3500
Washington, DC 20019
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