Paid Sick Days for All Campaign

Paid Sick Days LogoIn 2008, Washington, D.C. passed a groundbreaking law allowing many workers in the District of Columbia to take paid time off to recover from illness or instances of domestic violence. However, the law does not cover everyone. It does not protect anyone who has been working for less than a year or any tipped restaurant worker, even though these workers still get sick.

Over 80% of restaurant workers in the District of Columbia cannot take paid sick days, and as a result, 59% of restaurant workers have reported preparing, cooking, or serving food while sick. This isn’t good for their health or ours. Even in industries covered by the law, workers report that they still can’t earn paid sick days, either because they haven’t been employed for long enough or because their employer simply ignores the law.

Workers who lack paid sick days risk losing their wages or even their job if they stay home to take care of themselves or their families. This isn’t fair. No one should have to choose between their health and their economic security. Paid sick days for all would not only protect people’s jobs and financial security, but it would also reduce the District’s health care costs, limit the spread of illnesses, and boost business productivity.

Paid Sick Days LogoWe need your help to win this campaign to win Paid Sick Days for All.

Please sign the paid sick days petition so we can show the strength of our numbers and keep you in the loop on future events.

To get more involved, email Naomi Iser at niser@dcejc.org.

Paid Sick Days LogoResources and materials on Paid Sick Days for All in D.C. are compiled at our campaign website: www.paidsickdaysforall.org.

Please sign the paid sick days petition so we can show the strength of our numbers and keep you in the loop on future events.

DC Auditor Calls for Proactive Enforcement of DC’s Paid Sick Days Law

The DC auditor released its report on the Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law. Unsurprisingly, they came to the same conclusion that we did: DOES needs to continue moving towards proactive enforcement.

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Crossing the finish line to uphold workers’ rights in the District

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Ensuring DC Parents Know About Paid Sick Days

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Paid Sick Days are for Kids Too!

Imagine you or your child gets sick and must go to the doctor, but you can’t afford to take the day off because if you lose your pay, you won't be able to pay your rent or other bills. What would you do?

Fortunately, because of the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act,...

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Celebrating Worker Victories with an Eye towards the Future

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National Coverage of Workplace Justice Issues

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Mayor Gray Signs Paid Sick Days and Minimum Wage Bills

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