The District of Columbia’s Accrued Safe and Sick Leave Act requires all agencies to provide each homecare worker with some amount of paid sick days depending on the agency’s size. If you work for an agency with 100 or more homecare workers you are eligible for one hour of paid leave for every 37 hours worked, capped at 7 days per year. If you work for an agency with 25 to 99 homecare workers you are eligible for one hour of paid leave for every 43 hours worked, capped at 5 days per year. You may use your sick leave after 90 days of service and for any of the following reasons:  For your own physical or mental illness, injury, or medical condition; or to obtain a medical diagnosis or preventative care; or any of the needs listed in for your child, parent, spouse, domestic partner, or other family member; or to obtain care or services related to stalking, domestic violence, or sexual abuse of yourself or your family member. You can estimate how much leave you have accrued based on the hours you have worked. For example, if you work 20 hours/week you will have accrued 1 hour of leave after two weeks of working. If you’re having problems accessing your sick days, or if you believe that your agency is violating the law, please give us a call and tell us your story.

Together we will stand up, fight and make sure you get the sick days you are entitled to.