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Wage-Hour Compliance

Internet-based Portal for Online Reporting of the Quarterly Wage

Fair Shot Minimum Wage Act increase the minimum wage in the District of Columbia.


The District of Columbia’s Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014 (the “Act”) became effective February 26, 2015. The Act makes broad changes to DC’s wage and hour laws, which include the Minimum Wage Act Revision Act, the Living Wage Act, the Wage Payment and Wage Collection Law, and the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act.

The purpose of the Act is to enhance remedies, fines, administrative penalties, and enforcement of wage payment and collection laws by increasing the accountability of employers and strengthening worker protection laws.  Specifically, the Act increases penalties for employers who commit wage-hour violations; provides anti-retaliation protections for workers who hold employers accountable for failing to pay wages owed; establishes a formal hearing process with enforceable judgments; and provides for better access to legal representation for victims of wage payment violations, while making it easier for workers to collect awards from businesses who fail to pay, either in whole or in part, an employee’s regular wages. 

The Office of Wage-Hour (OWH) will conduct a comprehensive public education campaign for employers and employees in the coming weeks that includes webinars, conference calls, and information sessions. Click here to view a tentative calendar of events for the upcoming information sessions.  

How to File a Claim

Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act 2014

2016 Living Wage for District of Columbia Contractors is $13.85, Effective January 1, 2016

Effective January 1, 2016, the 2016 Living Wage for contractors of the District of Columbia Government will be $13.85.  For detailed information regarding the 2016 Living Wage for the District of Columbia, please read the updated Living Wage Act of 2016 Fact SheetThe Living Wage  Act of 2016 Notice has been updated to reflect the 2016 Living Wage. 

DC Minimum Wage to Increase to $11.50 Per Hour Beginning July 1, 2016

Beginning July 1, 2016, the minimum wage in the District of Columbia will increase from $10.50 per hour to $11.50 per hour for all workers, regardless of size of employer. The Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2013 was signed 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.

For information regarding the Tipped Employees Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) please see our link to the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division by clicking the following link U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour division

Office of Wage-Hour Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Coming Soon!

Laws enforced by the Office of Wage-Hour

The Office of Wage-Hour conducts compliance audits

OWH December Calendar of Events

OWH Webinars

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Office of Wage-Hour
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(202) 671-1880
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(202) 673-6411
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Monday to Thursday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm | Friday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm