Capital Area Council Presents: Overview of Paid Sick Leave Requirements in Washington, DC



In 2008, the District of Columbia began enacting its own unique paid sick leave laws—laws that provide protections to employees, and obligations for employers, much greater than those that exist in other jurisdictions. Hear from employment law attorney Alison Ballard as she provides an overview of the current Washington, DC, laws requiring employers to provide mandatory paid leave: the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008 and Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2013. Ballard will review an employer’s obligations, provide tips for compliance, and discuss the consequences of noncompliance.

During this presentation you will

  • Learn about the DC laws on family and medical leave
  • Hear a discussion on the specifics of the laws, including the employees covered, employers’ record-keeping requirements, and protections for employees
  • Find out about the pending Universal Paid Leave Act which, if enacted, will even further expand an employer’s obligation to require paid leave


Alison M. Ballard, Esq., employment and litigation attorney, Taylor English Duma LLP

Alison Ballard

Alison Ballard

Ballard is a member of Taylor English’s litigation and dispute resolution and employment and labor relations practice groups. As a litigator, she represents corporations, executives, and individuals in complex commercial disputes, and has significant experience representing professional service firms. Ballard has defended employers in employment discrimination and harassment, retaliation, and Fair Labor Standards Act and other employment-related tort and contract claims in federal and state courts, as well as in administrative actions before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She was recognized by Georgia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for 2014, 2015, and 2016. Ballard is president of the executive committee of Georgia Appleseed's Young Professionals Council and serves on Georgia Appleseed's board of directors. She previously co-chaired the labor and employment Section of the State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division.

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