(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 § 32-502.
(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 § 32-505; provided, that § 32-505(f) 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; provided, that the term “eligible employee” does not include:
(A) A short-term employee appointed for less than 90 days; or
(B) An employee with intermittent employment.
(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.