As if employers in DC didn’t have enough to worry about, the 2013 amendments to the District of Columbia Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008 (“ASSLA”), which became effective in March 2014, finally became fully applicable to all employers as of October 1, 2014. The amendments significantly broadened the scope of ASSLA by, among other items, covering more employees, eliminating the year of service and hours worked requirement for employee coverage, and imposing additional recordkeeping requirements. Proskauer previously published a Client Alert detailing the significant revisions to ASSLA, which can be found here.
Further, the recently passed Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014 (the “WTPAA”), which is anticipated to become effective in mid-December 2014 following a mandatory 30-day review period by Congress, also impacts and amends ASSLA and other DC wage/hour laws to add additional penalties and damages for violations and provide employees with several new ways of enforcing their rights. Proskauer’s Client Alert on the WTPAA can be found here.