Work & Family Policy Database
Expanded Family and Medical Leave
State: District of Columbia
Subject: Family and Medical Leave
Statute/Code Cite: D.C. Code Sec. 32-516.
Summary: Workers have greater access to family and medical leave under District law than under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The District of Columbia family and medical leave law applies to businesses with 20 or more employees. Employees who have worked at least 1,000 hours over the preceding year are entitled to up to 16 weeks of leave in a two-year period to care for a new child or family member with a serious health condition. The law defines “family” more broadly than the FMLA to include family leave to care for a partner in a “committed relationship;” in addition, same-sex spouses are eligible to take family leave to care for a spouse with a serious health condition.
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