Paid sick leave is a current legislative trend across America. With 50 states and 39,000 municipalities In the U.S., new rules and regulations are being mandated rapidly. Five states – Oregon, California, Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts – have policies in place, as does the District of Columbia. Over 25 local jurisdictions in California, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington also have passed laws.
Here is a look at where the District of Columbia stands on paid sick leave, and how it affects average American workers:
- Earned Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act of 2013 enacted sick leave reform across the nation’s capital.
- Amount of hours worked to qualify for sick leave is scaled by size of employers:
- Employer with 100+ employees provides one hour of paid sick leave for every 37 hours worked (not to exceed seven days a year).
- Employer with 25-99 employees provides one hour of paid sick leave for every 43 hours worked (not to exceed five days a year).
- Employer with 24 or fewer employees provides one hour of paid sick leave for every 87 hours worked (not to exceed three days a year)
- Tipped restaurant employees are covered under the act.
- Employers are responsible for tracking employee leave and record keeping of accrued hours – employees can now bring a private lawsuit to enforce the law.
Do you live in Washington D.C.? How has this act impacted you?
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