Virtually all private-sector employers in the District of Columbia must provide workers' compensation insurance coverage for their employees (DC Code Sec. 32-1504et seq.). Private employers are covered with regard to all employees except those explicitly excluded by the workers’ compensation laws. Employees of the federal government are excluded from coverage under the laws of the District, but they have other coverage under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act. Employees of a state or foreign government are excluded. Other public employees, with the exception of uniformed city police officers and firefighters, are covered.
The following categories of employment are specifically exempted from coverage:
• The master or crew of any vessel
• Domestic servants, unless the employer employs them for 240 hours or more during a quarter