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Advancing the rights of working families.

Washington, D.C.

In March, 2008, Washington, D.C., joined San Francisco by passing a law requiring most employers in the District to provide up to 5 or 7 paid sick days a year, depending on the business size. The "Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act" also requires employers to provide time off to deal with domestic violence issues.

In June 2013, the Washington, D.C. Auditor released an audit of the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act. According to the report, “[B]ased on interviews and responses to a questionnaire it appears that the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act did not have the economic impact of encouraging business owners to move a business from the District nor did the Act have the economic impact of discouraging business owners to locate a business in the District of Columbia.” The findings that Washington, D.C.’s sick time law has not harmed business in the District mirrors the positive research on San Francisco’s law. The audit has received press from multiple sources, including The Washington Post and Salon.

For additional information on the law, see the following resources:

 Learn more about the Paid Sick Days for All Coalition, which is working to expand Washington, D.C.’s paid sick time law.

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