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Office of Wage-Hour Compliance

Important Announcements: 

Minimum Wage 
Beginning July 1, 2019, the minimum wage in the District of Columbia will increase from $13.25 per hour to $14.00 per hour for all workers, regardless of the size of the employer. 

The base minimum wage for tipped employees will increase from $3.89 per hour to $4.45. 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 )

District of Columbia Security Officer Minimum Wage Increase

Living Wage

Effective January 1, 2019, the 2019 Living Wage for contractors of the District of Columbia Government will be $14.50.  For detailed information regarding the 2019 Living Wage for the District of Columbia, please read the updated Living Wage Act of 2019 Fact Sheet and the Living Wage Act of 2019 Notice

Need to file a claim? Click here.  

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