The current minimum wage in Washington D.C. is $14.
The minimum wage will increase to $15 on July 1, 2020.
Starting July 1, 2021, the minimum wage will be increased annually in proportion to the annual average increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers in the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The current minimum wage for tipped employees is $4.45.
The tip minimum wage will increase on July 20, 2020, to $5.00.
The tip minimum wage, like the regular minimum wage, will be increased annually in proportion to the annual average increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers in the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area starting July 1, 2021.
Employers may pay tipped employees the tip minimum wage if the employees actually receive tips in an amount that is at least equal to the difference between the tipped wage paid and the standard minimum wage.
Employees are allowed to participate in tip pooling or sharing arrangements, but there are no laws specifying whether or not an employer may require tip pooling or sharing.
District of Columbia law requires employers to pay non-exempt employees time and a half for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. The Fair Labor Standards Act also requires that non-exempt employees be paid time and a half for all hours worked over 40 in the workweek.
The federal overtime rule stipulates that the minimum salary requirement for administrative, professional, and executive exemptions is $684 per week, or $35,568 per year.
DC minimum wage laws require employers to pay employees for one additional hour at the applicable minimum wage rate for each day employees work a split shift, or a daily schedule where the hours worked are not worked consecutively (not including meal periods of one hour or less).
DC has no statute for meals and breaks, so federal rules apply. The federal rule doesn’t require breaks, but when employers do offer short breaks (usually at a 20-minute maximum), they must be paid.
Reasonable paid or unpaid break time must be provided to employees to express breast milk as needed. The break time may run concurrently with any break already provided to the employee.