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Wage and Hour Compliance
DC Minimum Wage to Increase to $9.50 Per Hour Beginning July 1, 2014
Beginning July 1, 2014, the minimum wage in the District of Columbia will increase from $8.25 per hour to $9.50 per hour for all workers, regardless of size of employer. Mayor Vincent C. Gray signed the Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2013 into law on January 15, 2014 after unanimous passage by the D.C. Council. The law also includes provisions to further increase the minimum wage in subsequent years. For more information, please read the DC Minimum Wage Increase Public Notice.
2014 Living Wage for District of Columbia Contractors is $13.60
The 2014 Living Wage for contractors of the District of Columbia Government is now $13.60, retroactive to January 1, 2014. For detailed information regarding the 2014 Living Wage for the District of Columbia, please read the updated Living Wage Act of 2006 Fact Sheet. The Living Wage Act of 2006 Poster has been updated to reflect the 2014 Living Wage. For additional information regarding the 2013 Living Wage, please read the 2013 Living Wage FAQs.
Wage and Hour Compliance involves administering the wage laws of the District of Columbia.
- The Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2013 amends the Minimum Wage Act Revision Act of 1992 to increase the minimum wage in the District of Columbia to $11.50 an hour in three (3) steps. Beginning July 1, 2014, the minimum wage in the District of Columbia will increase from $8.25 per hour to $9.50 per hour for all workers, regardless of size of employer and will increase by $1.00 on July 1 each year through 2016, capping at $11.50 per hour. Beginning July 1, 2017, the District’s minimum wage will increase annually in proportion to the annual average increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers in the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area for the preceding 12 months. Every employer subject to the provisions of the Act must post the DC Minimum Wage Poster (English)/DC Minimum Wage Poster (Spanish) in or about the premises at which any employee covered is employed.
- The DC Wage Payment and Wage Collection Law [PDF] requires that all employers pay their employees at least twice monthly on designated paydays, pay all earned and promised wages and pay wages timely upon termination of employment.
- The DC Wage Garnishment Law [PDF] protects the wage earner's pay from unlawful garnishments.
- The Wage-Hour Rules [PDF] provide, among other things, sub-minimum wage rates for newly hired workers and minors. The rules also provide for the establishment of reasonable allowance levels for work-related situations or special conditions associated with employment relationships, such as travel allowances, meal and uniform allowances.
- The Earned Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act of 2013 amends the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008 [PDF] to expand the definition of employees protected by the Act, strengthen remedies and procedures available to employees under the Act, and to establish an outreach program to inform the public about the Act.
- The Accrued Sick and Safe Rules [PDF] implement the provisions of the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008.
- Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008 - Revised 2014 Poster
- Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008 (Hardship Waiver) [PDF]
The Office of Wage-Hour conducts compliance audits. The office may recover back wages for employees who have not been paid pursuant to these laws, either administratively or through court action.
The “Living Wage Act of 2006,” Title I of D.C. Law 16-18, (D.C. Official Code §§2-220.01-.11) became effective June 9, 2006. It provides that District of Columbia government contractors and recipients of government assistance (grants, loans, tax increment financing) in the amount of $100,000 or more shall pay affiliated employees wages no less than the current living wage rate. The current living wage rate is $13.60 per hour.
- DC Council Living Wage Act of 2006 [PDF]
- Living Wage Act Final Rule Making [PDF]
- Living Wage Act of 2006 Poster [PDF]
- Living Wage Act of 2006 Fact Sheet [PDF]
How to File a Claim
You may complete the online wage claim form for unpaid wages if:
- Your work was performed in the District
- If you were not a part of the management of the company
- You were not an independent contractor
If you worked in Maryland, you must contact the Maryland Department of Labor and Industry at (410) 767-2357.
If you worked in Virginia, you must contact the Virginia Department of Labor at (804) 371-2327.
If you were a part of management, contact the Office of Wage-Hour at (202) 671-1880.
If you are filling a claim for unpaid overtime, contact the Office of Wage-Hour at (202) 671-1880, and your complaint will be taken over the phone.
If you were an independent contractor, please file your claim directly in Small Claims Court.
A Compliance Specialist can take minimum wage and overtime/living wage claims over the phone or the employee may visit the office. Claims filed pursuant to the Wage Payment and Wage Collection Law and the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act are required to be in writing and accompanied by a notarized form assigning the claim to the Office of Wage-Hour. These forms can be mailed to you upon request or you may file your claim in person at the Office of Wage-Hour.
For more information, contact the following:
DC Department of Employment Services
Labor Standards Bureau
Office of Wage-Hour
4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE, Fourth Floor
Washington, DC 20019
Phone: (202) 671-1880
Fax: (202) 673-6411
Hours of Operation: Monday- Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm