Employment Law -- Employee
What Is The Law On Wages And Hours?
The Office of WageHour of the Department of Employment Services (DOES) administers the District’s laws regarding wages and hours.
- The DC Minimum Wage Act Revision Act of 1992 defines the District’s minimum wage at that “set by the United States government, plus $1,” and requires timeandahalf for hours worked in excess of a 40hour week.
- The DC Wage Payment and Wage Collection Law requires payment at least twice monthly on designated paydays for all employees; payment of all earned and promised wages; and the timely payment of wages upon termination of employment.
- The DC Wage Garnishment Law protects pay from unlawful garnishments.
- The Seats Law requires proper seating for workers when they are not actively engaged in their work.
The Office of WageHour also implements the WageHour Rules, which provide, for example, subminimum wage rates for newly hired workers and reasonable allowance levels for workrelated situations. The Office of WageHour conducts compliance audits and may recover back wages for employees, either administratively or through court action.