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Employers: DC new Paid Family Leave program means a new payroll tax

July 1, 2019


Washington DC has a new Paid Family Leave program that requires almost all employers with employees working in DC to contribute to a new paid family leave (PFL) tax to fund the program.The DC PFL tax is an employer-only contribution based on employee’s wages beginning April 1, 2019.

What’s changing?


Paid Family Leave tax collections for employers are due to Washington DC by July 31, 2019 based on Q2 2019 wages.

  • The employer contribution amount is 0.62%.

  • The total contribution amount is based on the same wages that are subject to unemployment tax.

  • There is no wage base (or cap) on the wages subject to the PFL tax.

Benefits will be available to employees July 1, 2020.


What is Paid Family Leave?


Paid Family Leave is a Washington DC program that provides up to eight weeks of parental leave to bond with a new child, six weeks of family leave to care for an ill family member with a serious health condition, and two weeks of medical leave to care for one’s own serious health condition.

Beginning Q2 2019, employer contributions collected through payroll are due to DC’s Department of Employment Services (DOES) at the end of each quarter.


If you have questions about the requirement, please contact the Office of Paid Family Leave at (202) 899-3700, or email us at


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