District of Columbia Employment Law Update – July 2016

District of Columbia

Wage Theft Prevention Correction and Clarification

On July 26, 2016, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Wage Theft Prevention Correction and Clarification Emergency Amendment Act of 2016 (DC B21-0844). The bill amends the District of Columbia’s wage payment and minimum wage laws.

As it applies to the wage payment law, the bill:

  • Clarifies who may bring an action on behalf of an employee.
  • Clarifies when a general contractor and subcontractor or a general contractor and temporary staffing firm will be jointly and severally liable for violations.
  • Revises penalties.
  • Authorizes the Mayor to implement rules implementing the law.

As it applies to the minimum wage law, the bill:

  • Clarifies the time period for retention of payroll records.
  • Clarifies when a general contractor and subcontractor or a general contractor and temporary staffing firm will be jointly and severally liable for violations.
  • Clarifies how the Mayor will make certain information available to employers.

The law went into effect upon signing.

Read D.C. B21-0844