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Employers in the District of Columbia must comply with these state rules regulating smoking in the workplace.
The smokefree workplace law generally applies to all places of employment and public places.
Employers covered: Employers with one or more employees.
The Mayor may grant an economic hardship waiver from the requirements of the smokefree workplace law provided that prior to the granting of the waiver, the applicant establishes, to the satisfaction of the Mayor, that compliance with the law has caused or will cause undue financial hardship. Places where smoking is permitted due to an economic hardship waiver must:
Written policy requirements: Employer policy not specified.
Posting requirements: The owner, manager, or person in charge of any place, elevator, or vehicle where employees or the public may congregate must post signs that read, "No Smoking Under Penalty of Law," "No Smoking Except in Smoking Areas," or "Smoking In Accordance With Employer's Smoking Policy Only." Where smoking is either prohibited or restricted, signs must also include the internationally recognized no-smoking symbol.
No smoking areas: Smoking is prohibited in:
Permitted smoking areas: The following places are exempt from the smokefree workplace law:
Places that permit smoking pursuant to the smokefree workplace law cannot require employees to work in smoking areas provided that an employee requests to work solely in nonsmoking areas.