Code of the District of Columbia

§ 1–612.31. Definitions.

For purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) “Agency” shall have the meaning provided in § 1-603.01(1).

(2) “Child” means any person:

(A) Under 21 years of age;

(B) Twenty-one years of age or older and is substantially dependent upon the recipient employee by reason of physical or mental disability; or

(C) Under 23 years of age and is a full-time student.

(3) “Domestic partner” shall have the meaning provided in § 32-701.

(4) “Employee” shall have the meaning provided in § 1-603.01(7), except that it shall mean an employee who is eligible to accrue annual or universal leave.

(5) “Head” shall have the meaning provided in § 1-603.01.

(6) “Immediate relative” means:

(A) An individual who is related to the recipient employee by blood, marriage, adoption, or domestic partnership as father, mother, child, husband, wife, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, grandparent, grandchild, or similar familial relationship;

(B) An individual for whom the recipient employee is the legal guardian; or

(C) A fiancé, fiancée, or domestic partner.

(7) “Independent agency” shall have the meaning provided in § 1-603.01(13).

(8) “Intimidate, threaten, or coerce” includes promising to confer or conferring any benefit such as appointment, promotion, or compensation, or effecting, or threatening to effect, any reprisal such as deprivation of appointment, promotion, or compensation.

(9) “Leave contributor” means an employee who contributes annual or universal leave to be transferred to a designated recipient employee.

(10) “Personal care” means custodial or primary assistance that helps an individual with activities of daily living, including bathing, eating, dressing, and continence. The term “personal care” shall include the recent adoption of a child and the care of a newborn child.

(11) “Prolonged absence” means an employee’s absence from duty for at least 10 consecutive workdays that will result in a substantial loss of income to the employee because of the unavailability of paid leave.

(12) “Recipient employee” means an individual employed by the District government for a minimum of one year without a break in service who is designated to receive annual or universal leave transferred from a leave contributor.

(13) “Serious health condition” means pregnancy or a physical or mental illness, injury, or impairment that involves a hospital, hospice, or residential health care facility or continuing treatment at home by a competent health care provider or other individual.


(Mar. 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 1231; as added Feb. 6, 2004, D.C. Law 15-68, § 2, 50 DCR 9819; Apr. 13, 2005, D.C. Law 15-354, § 5(c), 52 DCR 2638; Apr. 7, 2006, D.C. Law 16-91, § 118(b), 52 DCR 10637; Feb. 22, 2014, D.C. Law 20-83, § 2(b), 61 DCR 176.)

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 15-354, in par. (4), validated a previously made technical correction.

D.C. Law 16-91, in par. (4), validated a previously made technical correction.

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-83 rewrote (6).