EJC in the News: Many workers unaware of D.C. sick-leave law passed in 2008

In March 2008, the D.C. Council unanimously passed the sick-leave measure, which requires seven paid sick days to be offered at the largest companies and three days for those with 24 or fewer employees. Business leaders successfully fought to narrow the measure to exempt such workers as independent contractors, restaurant wait staff and bartenders, in addition to making exceptions for employers who can prove a hardship. The Fenty administration has delayed finalizing new rules that would get the word out to the community. “We’ve been waiting, and it’s just excuse after excuse,” said Courtney Chappell, director of advocacy for the D.C. Employment Justice Center. “Workers absolutely have these rights, but if you don’t know about it, there’s nothing you can do.”

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