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Employee Leave

Annual & Sick Leave

Eligible employees accrue annual leave and sick leave each pay period. Upon termination, an employee will receive cash value for 100 percent of the remaining accrued vacation days.

Annual Leave

Regular full-time employees accrue annual leave each pay period on the following schedule:
Years of Employment
Annual Leave Accrued
< 3 Years
13 days (4 hours per pay period)
3-15 Years
20 days (6 hours per pay period)
15+ Years
26 days (8 hours per pay period)

Sick Leave

All regular full-time employees accrue 13 days of sick leave annually (four hours per pay period) regardless of years of employment.
Part-Time and Executive Service Employees
  • Part-time employees who work at least 40 hours per pay period earn annual leave and sick leave at a proportional rate.
  • Executive Service employees receive 26 days of universal leave per calendar year, to be used for any purpose (prorated depending on start date).

Annual Leave Bank

The Annual Leave Bank program is a fund of accumulated annual leave donated by employees for the use of other leave bank members. This program prevents or limits the loss of income by employees who are faced with medical emergencies and who do not have sufficient paid leave to cover their period of absence. In order to become a member and receive leave from the leave bank, an employee must donate a minimum of four hours of annual leave each year.


District of Columbia Government employees receive 12 paid holidays:
  • New Year's Day                                
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday     
  • Washington's Birthday     
  • District of Columbia Emancipation Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth National Independence Day    
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Indigenous Peoples' Day      
  • Veterans Day                             
  • Thanksgiving Day                
  • Christmas Day

Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)

Family and Medical Leave Act

The DC Family and Medical Leave Act (DCFMLA) was made effective on October 3, 1990, and is applicable to employees whose actual work location is in the District of Columbia as of April 1, 1991. To be eligible, employees must have worked for the District for one year with no break in service and have worked at least 1,000 hours (DCFMLA) or 1,250 hours (FMLA) during the 12-month period immediately preceding the request for leave.

DCFMLA Statutory Medical Leave

The DCFMLA allows for up to 16 weeks of unpaid leave in any 24-month period for employees who are physically unable to work because of a serious medical condition (including maternity). Medical documentation is required and an expected date of return must be provided.


DCFMLA Statutory Family Leave of Absence

The DCFMLA allows up to 16 weeks of unpaid leave in any 24-month period for specified reasons, as prescribed by the DCFMLA. The employee must provide documentation explaining the nature of the leave.


Paid Family Leave

Employees may receive up to eight weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a family member with a serious health condition. For additional information, visit Paid Family Leave.