The Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014 (WTPAA) has an effective date of February 26, 2015. The law includes provisions to enhance applicable remedies, fines, and administrative penalties when an employer fails to pay earned wages, to provide for suspension of business licenses of employers that are delinquent in paying wage judgments or agreements, to clarify administrative procedures and legal standards for adjudicating wage disputes, to require the employer to provide written notice to each employee of the terms of their employment, and to maintain appropriate employment records.
Written Employment Notice:
As an employer of the District of Columbia, upon hire, you are required to provide a notice to employees of their employment. Also, within 90 days of the effective date of WTPAA, every employer shall furnish each employee with an updated written notice containing the information required. As proof of compliance, every employer shall retain copies of the written notice furnished to employees that are signed and dated by the employer and by the employee acknowledging receipt of the notice. (There are additional requirements for temporary staffing firms.)
This notice must include:
1) The name of the employer and any “doing business as ” (DBA) names used by the employer
2) The physical address of the employer’s main office or principal place of business, and a mailing address if different
3) The telephone number of the employer
4) The employee’s rate of pay and the basis of that rate, including:
- Rate by the hour, shift, day, or week (whichever is applicable)
- Salary, Piece Rate, or commission (whichever is applicable)
- Any allowances claimed as part of the minimum wage, including tip, meal, or lodging allowances
- Overtime rate of pay or exemptions from overtime pay
- Living wage or exemptions from the living wage
- Any applicable prevailing wages
5) The employee’s regular pay day designated by the employer
The Mayor shall make available for employers a sample template of the notice within 60 days of the effective date of the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014. (Immediate Notice to new employees containing applicable information based on the guideline above is required regardless of the template release date.) A complete 4-page summary of this act can be downloaded HERE for your reference.