The NPRC has taken an active role over the past several months working with the DC DOES representing the best interests of the PSP industry in terms of understanding and implementing DC’s new paid sick leave program. As a result and due to feedback and questions provided by the NPRC, their final employer facing documents added missing requirements and clarified others. DC has yet to provide technical filing and payment specifications.
High level explanation – starting April 1, 2019, any business performing services in the District of Columbia, that also pays Unemployment Insurance (UI) taxes for its employees, will be required to pay paid family leave contributions. Paid family leave benefits are employer funded by a quarterly payroll tax of 0.62% of their covered employees’ total wages (same wages used by employers today for unemployment insurance, however there is no wage base limit). The quarterly contribution and wage reporting due dates align with UI tax. The first payment and reporting for the second quarter of 2019 (April 1 – June 30) are due July 1, with a final deadline of July 31. Employees can begin to apply for the benefit effective July 1, 2020.
Here’s a link to the DC DOES Resource Page where you can find FAQs, an Employer’s Toolkit, a sample employee paid leave notice and much more helpful information on the program: https://doespfl.wpengine.com/resources/