D.C. Gives Workers Expanded Paid Sick Leave Access

UPDATE: June 25, 2014 – The D.C. Department of Employee Services has released the updated version of the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008 posting. It is available as part of the GovDocs District of Columbia posting packages in electronic and laminated formats.

Washington D.C. amended its Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act (ASSLA), which requires employers to provide employees from three to seven days of paid leave each year employees to care for themselves or for family members due to illness, domestic violence, or sexual abuse.

What Changed in ASSLA?

The amended version affects both employers and employees alike.

Employees

  • Accrue paid leave beginning on their first day of employment. (The act eliminates the former 12-month and 1,000-service-hours threshold for paid leave eligibility.)
  • Accrued leave available after 90 days of employment.
  • Tipped hospitality workers receive one hour of paid leave for every 43 hours worked to a limit of five days per year.

Employers

  • Must specify if an employee’s accrued leave carries over to the following year.
  • Must specify if employee’s accrued leave balance is settled as payment upon termination.
  • Must retain records documenting hours worked by employees and paid leave taken for a period of three years.
  • Must not retaliate against employees who make complaints to the Department of Employment Services or who file a civil complaint.

Effective date and Revised Posting

The amended ASSLA is effective as of February 2014. Employers will be required to display a revised posting detailing the amended version of the ASSLA. UPDATE: June 25, 2014 – The D.C. Department of Employee Services has released the updated version of the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008 posting. It is available as part of the GovDocs District of Columbia posting packages in electronic and laminated formats.

Paid Sick Leave Still Not Universal

In the U.S., 40 percent of private-sector workers aren’t offered paid sick-leave benefits.

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