Update: The minimum wage in the District of Columbia will rise to $11.50 per hour beginning July 1, 2016 (or if greater at that time, the federal minimum wage plus $1) and $2.77 per hour for tipped employees.
In addition, employers of tipped employees must submit a quarterly wage report within 30 days of the end of each quarter to the Mayor certifying that the employee was paid the required minimum wage. The Mayor is expected to create an Internet-based portal for online reporting of the quarterly wage reports. Click here to read the text of the law.
Special Note Regarding Tipped Employees: If an employee’s tips and the cash wage do not equal the minimum wage, the employer must make up the difference.
Special Note Regarding Minor Employees: Individuals under the age of 18 may be paid the minimum wage established by the federal government.
Update: In late April 2016, the adult learner minimum wage and overtime for companions of the aged or infirm was removed from exception. Adult learners between the ages of 18 and 20 can no longer be paid federal minimum wage for the first 90 days of employment, but must be paid the minimum wage established by the District of Columbia.
Update: New details were also added that clarifies which contactors or recipients of government assistance shall pay the Living Wage rate. The Living Wage notice was revised with a wage increase from $13.84 per hour to $13.85 per hour
Update: The US Department of Labor’s Home Care Rule, effective 11/12/2015, made overtime exemptions unlawful for direct care workers who provide home services.
Update: Updates to the DC FMLA notice remove the eligible time period – weeks of leave in a 24-month period – under the Medical Leave Benefits.
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District of Columbia Department of Employment Services
4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE
Washington, D.C. 20019