Valarie Long, vice president of local chapter 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, pressed Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) today to immediately finalize new rules to implement the District's paid sick-leave law.
Regulations are needed, Long wrote in a letter, "to ensure businesses understand and take seriously their responsibilities and help workers understand their rights."
The law, requiring companies to offer up to seven paid sick days, took effect in November 2008, but the Fenty administration has delayed publishing the final rules to implement the measure. Fenty said in a statement last week that the regulations would be issued "in the coming days to further educate the public."
In her letter, Long wrote that without the regulations D.C. workers "are still being forced to choose between coming to work sick or losing their jobs." Long's union represents 15,000 private security officers and commercial office cleaners in the Washington region.
-- Ann E. Marimow