Philadelphia Domestic Abuse Leave


The Philadelphia Domestic Abuse Leave Ordinance (PDAL) allows eligible employees who are victims or whose qualifying family members are victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking to take up to eight (8) weeks of unpaid leave during a single 12-month period to receive applicable victim support services. These may be services provided for or by medical providers and/or victim services organizations. They may include psychological or other counseling, participation in safety planning, assistance for temporary or permanent relocation, or legal assistance in connection with such domestic or sexual abuse. This leave can be continuous (a block of 3 or more continuous days) or intermittent (less than 3 days and sporadic). Leave under the Ordinance does not extend an employee’s leave entitlement beyond the 12 weeks the employee may be entitled to under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for a 12-month period.

Temple University requires employees to use all unused sick days, (if appropriate and in accordance with the University’s Sick Leave Policy), vacation and personal holidays while on leave. If an employee has exhausted all paid leave time and is not receiving disability benefits through Temple University, the balance of the leave is unpaid.

Bargaining unit employees are subject to the provisions of their collective bargaining agreement.

For further information and questions, contact the Benefits Department at 215-926-2282 or by email at

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