What is it?
Washington D.C. Paid Family Leave (PFL) is a district-mandated insurance program designed to provide paid leave to employees to receive or give care.
Premium collection and reporting requirements will begin on July 1, 2019. However, employees will be able to use the benefits starting in July 2020.
Do I need to participate?
All employers who have employees in Washington D.C. will need to participate in the PFL program, without exception.
If you are an employer headquartered in a different state but have employees in the District, you will also need to participate.
What are the premiums?
The full premium for PFL will be collected from employers. The total premium collected will be 0.62% of covered wages. Please refer to the “Paid Family Leave Quarterly Tax Calculator” at the bottom of this page for an estimate of your premiums. PFL contributions do not have a cap on the amount of wages/earnings subject to the premium collection.
Premiums for each quarter are due at the start of the following quarter, per the table below:
|Start Date||End Date||Due Date||Final Deadline|
|Quarter 1||January 1||March 31||April 1||April 30|
|Quarter 2||April 1||June 30||July 1||July 31|
|Quarter 3||July 1||September 30||October 1||October 31|
|Quarter 4||October 1||December 31||January 1||January 31|
Please note: DC requires that premiums for April to June of 2019 be remitted by end of July 2019.
What steps do I have to take?
If you never had a state unemployment insurance account with Washington DC, you will need to open one and give Justworks a third party administrator access.
Please find more information on how to do that in our Help Center article
If you join Justworks after the start of a quarter, you will be responsible for remitting premiums for the period of the quarter you were not on Justworks. You can do this by logging into the Department of Employment Services (DOES) website.
If the above does not apply to you, Justworks will collect the premiums from the employer and handle remittance of the premiums as well as any applicable reporting requirements.