Washington, D.C. Labor Laws

In 2021, the minimum wage in Washington, D.C. is $15 per hour.

Starting July 1st, 2020, the minimum wage is $5 per hour.

In calculating the overtime rate for the tipped employee, the restaurateur must multiply the minimum wage ($15.00 per hour) by 1½ (1.5), subtract the tip credit ($10 per hour), multiply that figure by the number of overtime hours worked, and then add that sum to their 40-hour total. 

DC does not have any laws prohibiting the practice of employers charging it’s staff for credit card transaction fees.

DC does not have a specific law requiring employers to provide breaks, paid or unpaid.

All DC employees are entitled to a certain number of Sick and Safe Leave days based on the size of the employer. Workers who have been denied access to leave may file the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Claim form.

If an Employer has…

Employees accrue…

Not to Exceed…

100 or more employees

1 hour per 37 hours worked

7 days per calendar year

25 to 99 employees

1 hour per 43 hours worked

5 days per calendar year

1 to 24 employees

1 hour per 87 hours worked

3 days per calendar year

Tipped Restaurant employees*

1 hour per 43 hours worked

5 days per calendar year

To learn more about the policy & how to qualify, head to DC’s Paid Family Leave website.

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