District of Columbia Employment and Labor Law Updates 2022


December

District Government Paid Leave Enhancement

Bill

Bill 615 (2021-2022)

Summary

Amends the District of Columbia Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act to update, among other things, the District paid family leave program to provide for personal medical leave and for pre-natal leave, expand the length of paid leave for qualifying family and parental leave events, clarify the sequence of medical leave, sick leave, and organ donor leave, and to provide that paid family and medical leave may be exercised during a 12-month period following the start of the qualifying leave event.

Enacted

12/21/2022

Effective Date

To be determined

Topics

Industry: Public_employer


November

District Government Family Bereavement Leave

Bill

Bill 1075 (2021-2022)

Summary

(Emergency Act) To amend, on an emergency basis, District of Columbia Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978 to provide paid leave for a District government employee when the employee suffers the death of the employee’s minor child or a stillbirth.

Enacted

11/22/2022

Effective Date

11/22/2022

Topics

Industry: Public_employer


October

Cannabis Employment Protections Amendment Act of 2022

Bill

Bill 109 (2021)

Summary

Prohibits employers from firing, failing to hire, or taking other personnel actions against an individual for use of cannabis, participation in the District’s or another state’s medical cannabis program, or failure to pass an employer-required or requested cannabis drug test unless the position is designated safety sensitive or for other enumerated reasons.

Enacted

10/22/2022

Effective Date

To be determined

Topics

Employer_Obligations: Testing; Employment_relations: Discipline, Prospective_employee;
Prohibited_Practices: Cannabis, Discrimination, Marijuana; Workplace_Behavior: Cannabis, Marijuana


September

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


August

Non Compete Clarification Emergency Amendment

Bill

Bill 917

Summary

(Emergency Act) Amends the Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Amendment Act of 2020 to clarify which provisions in workplace policies or employment agreements will not violate the law restrictions on the use of non-compete provisions and agreements.

Enacted

08/15/2022

Effective Date

08/15/2022

Topics

Agreements: Confidentiality, Covenant_not_compete, Non-compete, Proprietary_info


July

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


June

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


May

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


April

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


March

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


February

COVID Vaccination Leave Temporary Amendment Act of 2021

Bill

Bill 405

Summary

Amends, on a temporary basis, the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008 to provide paid time off for COVID vaccinations and recovery; extends and updates existing unpaid leave available for COVID related purposes; makes conforming amendments to the Coronavirus Support Temporary Amendment Act of 2021.

Enacted

02/18/2022

Effective Date

12/22/2021

Topics

Covid: Covid; Employee_obligation: Documentation; Family_members: Child, Shared_household, Child_care; Leave_laws: Family, Paid_leave, Vaccination


District Government Family Bereavement Leave

Bill

Bill 609

Summary

Amends, on a temporary basis, District of Columbia Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978 to provide paid leave for a District government employee when the employee suffers the death of the employees minor child or a stillbirth.

Enacted

02/17/2022

Effective Date

02/17/2022

Topics

Family_members: Adopted, Biological, Child, Loco_parentis, Miscarriage, Spouse, Step, Stillbirth; Industry: Public_employer; Leave_laws: Bereavement


COVID Vaccination Leave Congressional Review

Bill

Bill 610

Summary

(Emergency Act) Amends, due to congressional review, the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008 to provide paid time off for COVID vaccinations and recovery; extends and updates existing unpaid leave available for COVID related purposes; amends the Coronavirus Support Temporary Amendment Act of 2021 to make conforming amendments.

Enacted

02/03/2022

Effective Date

02/03/2022

Topics

Covid: Covid; Employee_obligation: Documentation; Family_members: Adopted, Biological, Child, Foster; Leave_laws: Child_care, Emergency, Family, Paid_leave, Sick, Vaccination


District Government Family Bereavement Leave

Bill

Bill 608

Summary

(Emergency Act) Amends the District of Columbia Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978 to provide paid leave for a District government employee when the employee suffers the death of their minor child or a stillbirth.

Enacted

02/03/2022

Effective Date

02/03/2022

Topics

Family_members: Adopted, Biological, Child, Loco_parentis, Miscarriage, Spouse, Step, Stillbirth; Industry: Public_employer; Leave_laws: Bereavement


Protecting Businesses and Workers from COVID 19

Bill

Bill 2

Summary

Requires employers to adopt and implement certain social distancing policies; prohibits retaliation against an employee who refuses to work with or serve an individual who refuses to comply with those policies; prohibits retaliation against an employee because the employee tests positive for or is quarantining because of coronavirus.

Enacted

02/01/2022

Effective Date

02/01/2022

Topics

Claims_and_Penalties: Attorney_fees, Backpay, Equitable_relief, Fines; Covid; Employee_obligation: Notice; Employer_Obligations: Policy_requirement; Leave_laws: Family; Prohibited_Practices: Retaliation; Workplace_Behavior: Social_distancing


January

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.