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Office of Wage-Hour Education and Enforcement

Acts/Laws Enforced by the Office of Wage-Hour

The Office of Wage-Hour (OWH) is responsible for enforcing the District of Columbia’s wage laws. To view a full list of the laws enforced by OWH please click on the link above. 


The Wage-Hour Rules 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 Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014 requires all District of Columbia employers to provide a “Notice of Hire Form” to employees.  Failure to provide the required “Notice of Hire Form” shall result in the imposition of an administrative penalty of $500 for each employee that fails to receive the “Notice of Hire Form”.

Notice of Hire to Employees Template (English / Spanish)
Notice of Hire for Temporary Staffing Firms Template (English / Spanish)


Fact Sheets


OWH Partnerships

If you have any questions or need additional information, please e-mail the Office of Wage-Hour at [email protected].