Paid Sick Leave – Currently effective

From: U.S. Department of Labor, District of Columbia and Montgomery County, MD

Under a new U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) law, Federal Contractors are required to provide paid sick leave to their employees. This law effects about 1.15 million workers employed by federal contractors. The law covers the following: government contracts for construction that fall under the Davis-Bacon Act, procurement and non-procurement contracts, service contracts covered by the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act, contracts in connection with Federal property, and all concession contracts with the Federal Government.

Under the new DOL law, employees accrue 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked (up to 7 days annually) and should be notified in writing of their accumulation at the end of every pay period or month. Employees will receive the same pay and benefits while on leave, and may use the time for family care and absences resulting from domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. In addition, employees are also permitted to carry over unused leave from one year to the next.

Although the DOL law is directed at Federal Contractors, similarly the District of Columbia and Montgomery County, Maryland have mandated similar paid sick leave laws requiring employers to provided paid sick leave in their respective judications.

In Washington D.C., employers with 100 or more employees must provide each employee at least 1 hour of paid leave for every 37 hours worked, capped at 7 days of leave per year. Employers with 25 to 99 employees must provide each employee at least 1 hour of paid leave for every 43 hours worked, capped at 5 days of leave per year. Lastly, employers with 24 or less employees must provide each employee at least 1 hour of paid leave for every 87 hours worked, capped at 3 days of leave per year. A carry forward of unused paid sick time is included in the law, but employers aren't required to allow use of more than 56 hours of paid sick time a year based on the size of the business.

In Montgomery County, Maryland, an employer with 5 or more employees must provide paid leave where the employee earns 1 hour for every 30 hours worked in up to 56 hours in a year and can carry forward up to 56 hours of unused sick time. Under the Montgomery County law, an employee can use up to 80 hours in a single year. An employer with less than 5 employees must provide 32 hours of paid leave and 24 hours of unpaid leave.

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