DC’s Sick Leave Audit Enlightening
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Your employer may not hassle you about taking sick leave when you wake up with a sniffle, but an audit reveals many D.C. employers haven’t gotten the message that offering sick time is the law, and has been for five years.
The city’s Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act, which states that “all employers … in the District of Columbia must provide paid leave to each employee, including temporary and part-time employees,” went into effect in May 2008. A city audit of the law, released this week, shows that the non-compliance rate is not perfect, but is getting better.
It dropped from 50 percent in 2007 to 31 percent in the most recent survey taken last year.
D.C. Council chair Phil Mendelson is happy the numbers are falling but still calls the results “troubling.” The point of the law is to protect public health but the findings reveal that a lot of employers aren’t following the rules, putting employees and customers at risk, he said.
Mendelson thinks the solution is a mix of better enforcement and a tightening of the law.
The auditor conducted unannounced inspections of 161 businesses employing 2,380 people in each ward in the District. Establishments studied included restaurants, banks, grocery retail stores, barber shops, nail salons, auto parts stores, dry cleaners and convenience stores.