Parental Leave Under the District of Columbia Parental Leave Act
The university follows the District of Columbia Parental Leave Act. This Act provides an employee who is a parent, guardian, custodian, aunt, uncle, grandparent, or spouse or domestic partner of any of the aforementioned, with a total of 24 hours of unpaid leave during any 12 month period to attend or participate in school-related events for his or her child. A school-related event is an activity sponsored by either a school or an associated organization such as a parent-teacher association.
An employee should try to submit a written request for parental leave to their supervisor in at least 10 calendar days in advance of the leave unless the need for parental leave could not be reasonably foreseen. A supervisor may deny D.C. parental leave only if it will create an undue hardship on the department's operations. D.C. parental leave is unpaid although an employee may elect to use his or her paid annual time for these school related events.