The controversial Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008 have been effective in 2008 in the District of Columbia. Recently, this new act requires employers to provide mandatory paid sick leave.
The new law mandates that paid sick leave for any absences must be given to all the eligible employees working in the D.C. area. No matter mental or physical illnesses, employees must be given the paid sick leave. Also, employees must be given paid time off for what is called preventative medical care or for family care.
Recently, the DOES (D.C. Department of Employment Services) released the details to clarify some of the details of the proposed new Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act. That may also help end some of the confusion surrounding the legislation.
Eligible workers must also have accumulated one year of continuous service and a minimum of 1,000 hours of work during the previous 12-month period. Workers were unable to start using the sick leave until February 11, 2009.