Your Guide to the DC Sick Leave Law
The DC sick leave law may allow you to avoid being sick at work—do you know what it entails?
As an employed resident in the District of Columbia, you have the right to take paid sick leave as long as you meet a few key conditions. In this guide, we will explore how eligibility for and use of sick leave work.
For many people, the hardest part about using sick leave is requesting the time off with their boss. DoNotPay can help—we’ll show you how our Request Sick Leave product simplifies the task for you.
Sick leave regulations can differ from state to state. More than 33.6 million workers across the country lack any form of regulated sick leave. While there is no federal provision, the government will enact emergency legislation when needed.
Fortunately, there is a region-wide provision for sick leave in DC. DC residents like yourself should learn how the Accrued Safe and Sick Leave Act (ASSLA) works.
Acceptable uses for your earned sick time include:
- Treating of a physical or mental illness, injury, or ongoing condition
- Seeking medical care
- Caring for a family member
- Dealing with an incident of domestic violence affecting you or a family member
ASSLA sick leave can be used to help any of the following in relation to an illness or injury:
- Spouses or common-law partners
- Parents and parents-in-law
- Care recipients
- Household members
The amount of time off you can earn under ASSLA depends on the size of your company’s workforce:
|Number of Employees||Sick Day Accrual||Max Number of Days|
|Up to 24||One hour earned for every 87 worked||Three|
|24–99||One hour earned for every 43 worked||Five|
|100+||One hour earned for every 37 worked||Seven|
Even though you’re legally entitled to sick leave, your employer may not be enthusiastic about granting it. Take comfort in the fact that your boss cannot force you to work, and they cannot fire you for being absent if you have earned the requisite sick time.
Is it time to call in sick? Your company may use a specific phone line or online employee portal to manage time-off requests. Check for a policy to find out how you are expected to take sick leave. You may have to find your replacement for the time you will miss.
If there is no formal process, you can contact your boss in one of two ways:
We know it can be challenging to talk to the boss about time off—allow DoNotPay to ease the process. Our Request Sick Leave product enables you to draft a professional request for time off in minutes.
Here is how it works:
- Open your DoNotPay account
- Navigate to the Request Sick Leave product
- Input the necessary information about your employment
- Specify which days you will be absent
Once you have completed the process, we will issue a formal sick leave request. You can choose to download the letter and give it to your boss, or you can provide their contact info, and we will take care of it for you.
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