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Office of Wage-Hour Compliance

Living Wage
Effective January 1, 2024, until June 30, 2024, the living wage rate is $17.05 per hour.
Effective July 1, 2024, the District’s Minimum Wage and Living Wage will increase to $17.50
Important Announcements: 
Child Labor Requirements
Employers are generally subject to both state child labor laws and the federal child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. 212(c), and the FLSA regulations at 29 CFR Part 570. Certain provisions of District of Columbia law may be less restrictive than federal law, and employers covered by the FLSA that only follow a less restrictive provision of District of Columbia law will be in violation of federal law. See 29 U.S.C. 218(a). For more information on federal child labor law, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division Website at
Minimum Wage
Beginning July 1, 2024, the minimum wage in the District of Columbia will increase from $17.00 per hour to $17.50 per hour for all workers, regardless of the size of the employer.
As of July 1, 2024, the base minimum wage for tipped employees will increase from $8.00 per hour to $10.00. However, if an employee’s hourly tip earnings (averaged weekly) added to the base minimum wage do not equal the District’s full minimum wage, the employer must pay the difference.
Minimum Wage Amendment Revision Act Poster – (English/Spanish/Chinese/Amharic)
Need to file a claim? Click here.  
Ban on Non-Compete Clauses
The District of Columbia bans non-compete agreements and policies for employees. As of January 1, 2024, the restriction on non-compete clauses applies to employees earning $154,200 or less and to medical specialists earning $257,000 or less.
OWH Compliance 
The Office of Wage-Hour conducts compliance audits and works to recover unpaid wages for employees who have not been paid pursuant to DC wage laws, either administratively or through court action. Wage-Hour compliance involves ensuring adherence to the wage laws of the District of Columbia by holding employers accountable to the laws.
For Employers 
Please click on the link above for wage law information for Employers. Information includes required postings, notice to hire, wage law notices, Minimum Wage Tip Portal and more. 
For Employees 
Please click on the link above for wage law information for Employees. You can find information on how to file a claim, types of claims, claim forms, factsheets, posters, and FAQs.
Education and Enforcement
Please click on the link above for information on laws enforced by the Office of Wage-Hour. You will also find wage law posters, fact sheets, notices, rulemaking, reports, and webinars. 
Service Contact: 
Office of Wage-Hour Compliance
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 671-1880
Contact Fax: 
(202) 673-6411
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Service Location: 

4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE

GIS Address: 
4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE