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Office of Wage-Hour Employers

Required Postings 

The Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014 requires all District of Columbia employers to display posters for all laws in an area at the worksite where they are visible and accessible for all employees. Posters must also be provided in English and any other languages needed for employees.

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

Notice to Hire

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”. A “Notice of Hire Form” template is provided that outlines all items that need to be included in the document.

Wage-Hour Law Notices

Additional wage law notices provide guidance to employers of changes in legislation. 

Minimum Wage Tip Portal

All employers in the District of Columbia that have employees who receive gratuities are required to submit a quarterly wage report within 30 days of the end of each quarter certifying that employees were paid the required minimum wage through a combination of their employer paid an hourly rate and tips received. 

OWH Audits

The Office of Wage-Hour (OWH) has the authority to conduct company-wide audits. The Office of Wage-Hour may select companies randomly or based on anonymous complaints and conduct a full review of payroll records, a notice of hire documents, and company policies to ensure that businesses are compliant with DC labor requirements. Employers who are found in violation of the wage laws will be required to pay back wages and damages to employees violated. OWH currently conducts audits based on the following laws:

  • Minimum Wage
  • Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act (ASSLA)
  • Living Wage

Webinars

As part of the Office of Wage-Hour’s ongoing public education campaign, OWH conducts webinars to educate District workers and employers of their rights and responsibilities according to the District’s wage laws. Each webinar provides an overview of the wage laws and a Question and Answer section based on frequently asked questions.   

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