Effects of the District’s Safe and Sick Leave Act (Report)

May 28, 2015

By Marshall Matsiga and Joshua Stearns, Office of the District of Columbia Auditor

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In 2008, the District of Columbia became the second jurisdiction nationwide to require that employers provide paid sick leave to their employees. The Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act (the Act), which became effective May 13, 2008, was the first in the nation to require that sick days be available to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking who need time off work to seek medical care, psychological or other counseling, take legal, or other actions. In their report, OCDA explores the outcomes of the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act since its implementation nearly seven years ago.