Acts/Laws enforced by The Office of Wage Hour
The Accrued Sick and Safe Rules [PDF] implement the provisions of the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008.
Section 3 (c)(2) of the District of Columbia’s Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008, which reads “An employee’s unused paid leave accrued during a 12-month period shall carry over annually” will remain in force. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Law Labor and Enforcement at [email protected].
- 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 DC Council Living Wage Act of 2006 [PDF] requires payment of a living wage by recipients of certain District contracts and government assistance; to create a Job Opportunity Bank to increase job opportunities for low income, skills-deficient District residents; to amend the First Source Employment Agreement Act of 1984 to expand coverage; and to amend the Displaced Workers Protection Act of 1994 to extend protection to certain security guards.
- The DC Wage Garnishment Law [PDF] protects the wage earner's pay from unlawful garnishments.
- 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 Enhanced Professional Security Amendment Act of 2008 establishes minimum compensation requirements for security officers working in the District of Columbia.
- The Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2016 amends the Minimum Wage Act Revision Act of 1992 to progressively increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, beginning in 2021 to increase the minimum wage during each successive year pursuant to the Consumer Price Index, to progressively increase the minimum wage for an employee who receives gratuities to $5 an hour by 2020, beginning in 2021 to increase the minimum wage for an employee who receives gratuities during each successive year pursuant to the Consumer Price Index, and to require the Mayor to submit a biannual compliance report to the Council; and to amend the Living Wage Act of 2006 to provide that the minimum wage requirements of the Minimum Wage Act Revision Act of 1992 shall apply to contracts and agreements for government assistance if the minimum wage is higher than the living wage.
- Fair Shot Minimum Wage Emergency Amendment Act of 2016
- 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. 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.
- Minimum Wage Amendment Revision Act of 1992
- The Sustainable DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2014 purpose of the Act is to require employers with 20 or more employees located in Washington, D.C. to offer commuter transit benefits to their employees.
- The Wage Transparency Act of 2014 Act prohibits employers from requiring that an employee: refrain from inquiring, disclosing, comparing, or otherwise discussing with any other employee of the same employer, the employee's wages or the wages of another employee, and prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who do so.
- Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014 (Legislation Text)
- Wage Theft Prevention Correction and Clarification Emergency Amendment Act of 2014 (1st Emergency Amendment Legislation Text)
- Wage Theft Prevention Clarification Emergency Amendment Act of 2015 (2nd Emergency Amendment Legislation Text)
- The Building Service Employees Minimum Work Week Act of 2016, requires office buildings with over 350,000 square feet of net 37 rentable commercial office space to provide building service employees – that is employees who perform janitorial services, building maintenance services, or other services to maintain the repair, cleanliness, and overall quality of the building – with a 30-hour minimum work week. The full text of the act can be found here.
- Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008 (Hardship Waiver) [PDF]
- Living Wage Act Final Rule Making [PDF]
- 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.
- Notice of DC Minimum Wage Increase Public Notice
- Notice of Sustainable DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2014
- Notice of The Living Wage Act of 2016
- Notice of Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014 (English Summary/Spanish Summary)
- Notice of Hire to Employees Template (English/Spanish)
- Notice of Hire for Temporary Staffing Firms Template (English/Spanish)
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”.