Sec. 1051. Short title.
This subtitle may be cited as the "Government Family Leave Program Amendment Act of
Sec. 1052. The District of Columbia Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of
1978, effective March 3, 1979 (D.C. Law 2-139; D.C. Official Code § 1-601.01 et seq.), is
amended as follows:
(a) The table of contents is amended by adding new section designations to read as
(b) A new section 1203c is added to read as follows:
"Sec. 1203c. Family leave.
"(a) An eligible employee shall receive leave with pay for family leave of not more than
8 workweeks within a 12-month period for a single qualifying event.
"(b) Leave authorized by this section for a single qualifying event:
"(1) May be exercised by an eligible employee only within the 12-month period
following the qualifying event;
"(2) May be used in no less than one-day increments, either consecutively or
intermittently; and
"(3) Shall count against the 16 workweeks of family leave provided under section
3 of the District of Columbia Family and Medical Leave Act of 1990, effective October 3, 1990
(D.C. Law 8-181; D.C. Official Code § 32-502) ("D.C. FMLA").
"(c) If an employee using leave under this section is serving in a probationary capacity,
the employee's probationary period shall be extended by the duration of the leave used.
"(d) An eligible employee using leave under this section shall enjoy the same
employment and benefit protections afforded to an employee under section 6 of the D.C. FMLA;
provided, that section 6(f) of the D.C. FMLA shall not apply under this section.
"(e) An agency may require that a request for leave under this section be supported by
appropriate certification or other supporting documentation. An agency shall keep any
information regarding the family relationship confidential.
"(f) Each agency shall maintain an accounting of leave used under this section and any
records related to its use.
"(g) For the purposes of this section, the term:
"(1) "Child" means:
"(A) A person under 21 years of age;
"(B) A person, regardless of age, who is substantially dependent upon the
employee by reason of physical or mental disability; or
"(C) A person who is under 23 years of age who is a full-time student at
an accredited college or university.
"(2) "Eligible employee" means a District government employee eligible to accrue
annual leave who has experienced a qualifying event.
"(3) "Family member" means:
"(A) A person to whom the employee is related by blood, legal custody,
domestic partnership, or marriage;
"(B) A foster child;
"(C) A child who lives with the employee and for whom the employee
permanently assumes and discharges parental responsibility; or
"(D) A person with whom the employee shares or has shared, within the
last year, a mutual residence and with whom the employee maintains a committed relationship.
"(4) "Qualifying event" means one of the following:
"(A) The birth of a child of the employee;
"(B) The legal placement of a child with the employee (such as through
adoption, guardianship, or foster care);
"(C) The placement with the employee of a child for whom the employee
permanently assumes and discharges parental responsibilities; or
"(D) The care of a family member of the employee who has a serious
health condition.".
Sec. 1053. Applicability.
An employee may exercise leave under this subtitle for a qualifying event that occurred
before the effective date of this act; provided, that the employee otherwise meets the
requirements of this subtitle.