D.C. Paid Sick Leave

The arrival of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington D.C. raises many questions for workers throughout the District, including about taking leave. D.C. workers should know their rights.

The District of Columbia Accrued Safe and Sick Leave Act (ASSLA) requires employers to provide D.C. workers paid time off when dealing with medical and other related conditions. ASSLA guidelines cover time off related to the diagnosis and treatment of both physical and mental illness, injuries, preexisting health conditions, and preventative care measures for all of the above. ASSLA also covers absences related to caring for family member(s), as well as absences related to stalking or domestic abuse. The table below outlines the hours of paid sick leave provided by ASSLA.


# of Employees Accrual Rate Maximum Hours
100 or more 1 hour per every 37 hours worked 7 days per year
25-99 1 hour per every 43 hours worked 5 days per year
1-24 1 hour per every 87 hours worked 3 days per year


ASSLA covers employees generally, including restaurant employees and those who receive the tipped minimum wage.

Has your employer in the District of Columbia failed to offer or pay you sick leave?

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