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26 Aug

August 2021 District of Colombia HR Legal Updates

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Washington D.C. Extends COVID-19 Leave Laws

Update Applicable to:
Employers in Washington D.C.

What happened?
On July 24, 2021, Mayor Bowser signed D.C. Emergency Act 24-125 into law.

What are the details?
The act, effective immediately, extends the enacted COVID-19 Leave laws that were due to expire on July 25, 2021. With the act, these laws are now active through November 5, 2021. With this, requirements like the following are still in effect:

  • All D.C. employers must provide employees who have been employed for at least 30 days with up to 16 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave if the employee is unable to work due to specified reasons related to COVID-19, including a health care provider’s recommendation of quarantine or isolation for the employee or a household member for whom the employee needs to care, school closures, and the unavailability of the employee’s child care provider.
  • D.C. employers with between 50 and 499 employees must also provide up to 80 hours of paid sick leave to employees employed for at least 15 days for any of the reasons for which federal paid leave was available under the now-expired Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

The act can be read here.

An article on the act can be found here.

What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the emergency act to continue the mandated leave and stay compliant with their leave policies.