The Leave of Absence Team supports employees as they pursue a leave of absence to handle issues that arise in one’s personal life. If you have questions about leave, contact the Leave of Absence Team at [email protected].
DCPS offers the following leave of absences:
Ready to apply? Please ensure that you have your medical certification completed by the attending physician. If you do not please print out the form below and have it complete before starting your application.
LOA Medical Certification Form. Once the form is completed, please start your Leave of Absence Application.
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible DCPS employees to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave.
DC FMLA: Will grant up to 16 weeks of medical or family care leave during a 24-month period to entitled employees that work within the District of Columbia. The employee must be employed by the same employer for one (1) year without a break in service. In addition, he/she must have worked at least 1,000 hours during the 12-month period immediately before the date when the leave is due to commence.
Federal FMLA: Federal employees are eligible for up to 12 weeks of medical or family care leave (or up to 26 weeks of military caregiver leave to care for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness) during a 12-month period. The employee must have at least one year of service. In addition, the employee must have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12-month period immediately before the date when the leave is due to commence.
The minimum years of service, qualifying event (covered reason for taking leave), and maximum entitlement eligibility requirements must be met in order to qualify for FMLA. Please note that the minimum requirements and the maximum allowable length of absence differ under Federal FMLA and DC FMLA.
Employees who wish to request leave under FMLA (Federal/DC) but are ineligible for the following reasons may request and Extended Leave of Absence instead. An extended leave of absence does not guarantee job protection. The following five types of Extended Leave of Absence require the employee to complete a Leave of Absence Application.
Job-Protected: If you are not eligible for FMLA leave, you may apply for Extended Leave. Some types of Extended Leave are job-protected, while others are not. Job-protected leave does not mean that the position you left will be available for you to return to after you return from leave; however, you will be assigned to a position if your last position has been filled.
Employees may be placed on a job-protected Extended Leave of Absence for the following reasons:
Not Job-Protected: Employees may be placed on an Extended Leave of Absence which is not job-protected for the following reasons:
Job-Protected: Employees may be placed on a job-protected Extended Leave of Absence, without completing an application, for the following reasons:
Not Job-Protected: Employees may be placed on an Extended Leave of Absence which is not job-protected, without completing an application, for the following reasons:
Paid Family Leave (PFL) is job-protected leave category which provides eligible District government employees with up to eight work weeks of paid leave within a 12-month period for the birth or placement of a child with an employee, or to care for a family member. If eligible, PFL will be granted to run concurrently with your approved Family and Medical Leave of Absence and/or Extended Leave of Absence.
* PFL cannot be used for the employee’s own serious health condition.
In order to be eligible for PFL, the employee must be neither a temporary, intermittent, nor WAE employee and must experience a “qualifying event.” Qualifying events include the following: