Code of the District of Columbia

§ 32–521.02. Amount of leave; denial; form; notice.

(a) Except as provided in this section, an employee who is a parent shall be entitled to a total of 24 hours leave during any 12 month period to attend or participate in a school-related event for his or her child.

(b) Except as provided in this section, an employee shall be entitled to a day of leave each year on April 16th, the District of Columbia Emancipation Day.

(c) An employer may deny the use of leave provided by subsections (a) and (b) of this section only if the granting of leave would disrupt the employer’s business and make the achievement of production or service delivery unusually difficult.

(d) The leave provided by this section may consist of unpaid leave unless the parent or employee elects to use any paid family, vacation, personal, compensatory, or leave bank leave that has been provided by the employer.

(e) An employee shall notify the employer of the desire for leave to attend a school-related event or to celebrate the District of Columbia Emancipation Day at least 10 calendar days in advance, unless, in the case of a school event, the need to attend the school-related event cannot be reasonably foreseen.


(Aug. 17, 1994, D.C. Law 10-146, § 3, 41 DCR 4477; Apr. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 13-237, § 4(b), 48 DCR 597.)

Prior Codifications

2001 Ed., § 32-1202.

1981 Ed., § 36-1602.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 32-1203.

Effect of Amendments

“(d) Any employee shall notify the employer of the desire for leave to attend a school-related event at least 10 calendar days prior to the event, unless the need to attend the school-related event cannot be reasonably foreseen.”

“(c) The leave provided by this section may consist of unpaid leave unless the parent elects to use any paid family, vacation, personal, compensatory, or leave bank leave that has been provided by the employer.

“(b) An employer may deny the leave provided by subsection (a) of this section only if the granting of leave would disrupt the employer’s business and make the achievement of production or service delivery unusually difficult.

“(a) Except as provided in this section, an employee who is a parent shall be entitled to a total of 24 hours leave during any 12 month period to attend or participate in school-related events for his or her child.

D.C. Law 13-237 rewrote the section which had read:

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 4(b) of District of Columbia Emancipation Day Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-20, March 16, 2001, 48 DCR 2699).

For temporary (90-day) amendment of section, see § 4(b) of the District of Columbia Emancipation Day Emergency Amendment Act of 2000 (D.C. Act 13-307, April 7, 2000, 47 DCR 2710).

For temporary (90-day) authorization of legislative findings, see § 2 of the District of Columbia Emancipation Day Emergency Amendment Act of 2000 (D.C. Act 13-307, April 7, 2000, 47 DCR 2710).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see §§ 2, 4(a) of District of Columbia Emancipation Day Temporary Act of 2000 (D.C. Law 13-152, July 18, 2000, law notification 47 DCR 6102).