D.C. Commits to $15 Minimum Wage by 2020

July 13, 2016

by KIM SZARMACH

Mayor Muriel Bowser signed legislation on June 27 that had been unanimously approved by D.C. Council to raise D.C.’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. The minimum wage was increased to $11.50 on July 1 in accordance with a 2013 D.C. amendment, but the wage will rise faster from year to year because of the new Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2016.

The legislation also increases base-pay for tipped workers, though many advocates have argued in favor of one minimum wage for all. “We believe that D.C. should follow the model of more and more jurisdictions around the country,” testified DC Fiscal Policy Institute Senior Analyst Ilana Boivie at a May hearing about the bill, “to eliminate the subminimum wage for tipped workers altogether, to address the severe income stability and other challenges these workers face.” District employers are responsible for making up the difference if their employees’ tips do not add up to at least minimum wage.

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Labor Department investigating subcontractor on Trump’s Old Post Office project

Drew Hanson, Digital Editor
Updated Jun 27, 2016, 10:18am EDT

The Labor Department is investigating whether a subcontractor working on Donald Trump’s Old Post Office hotel underpaid employees working on the downtown D.C. project, according to The Washington Post.

A Labor spokesperson told the Post the agency is looking into whether Brentwood-based glass specialist The Craftsmen Group was paying wages below those required by federal law on government construction projects.

The investigation was first reported last week by Politico. Workers on the Pennsylvania Avenue construction site, including one Craftsmen employee, told Politico that they and others were not receiving wages mandated by the Davis-Bacon Act.

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Employers Of District Of Columbia Employees Have One Month Left To Provide Wage Notices To Current Employees

Monday, April 27, 2015

The District of Columbia’s Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014, which became effective on February 26, 2015, requires in part that employers provide written wage notices to their D.C.-based employees.  Employers have until May 27, 2015 to satisfy this requirement with respect to their employees who were employed as of the Act’s effective date of February 26, 2015.

Specifically, the law requires written wage notices as follows:

  1. New Employees:  Employers are required to provide a written wage notice, both in English and in the employee’s primary language, to all new employees at the time of hiring (with receipt of the notice to be acknowledged in writing by the employee and a copy retained by the employer);
  2. Current Employees:  Employers are required to provide a written wage notice, both in English and in the employee’s primary language, to all current employees (who were employed as of February 26, 2015) by May 27, 2015 (with receipt of the notice to be acknowledged in writing by the employee and a copy retained by the employer);
  3. Upon Change:  Employers are required to provide a written wage notice, both in English and in the employee’s primary language, whenever there is a change to any information on the wage notice (with the notice to be acknowledged by the employee and a copy retained by the employer).

 

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D.C.’s New Wage Theft Law Imposes Additional Notice, Posting and Recordkeeping Requirements on Employers

Friday, January 23, 2015

Last October, we reported on D.C.’s soon-to-be-enacted D.C. Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act. This Act, which amends several existing D.C. wage and hour laws, includes new notice requirements and retaliation protections, increases employer liability for wage and hour violations and introduces a new administrative hearing process – all changes that employers with D.C.-based employees need to be aware of.

The Act becomes effective on February 26, 2015.  Previously, the Act was slated to go into effect on January 14, 2015, but an emergency amendment pushed back that date.  There is a chance it is pushed back again and we will update this post accordingly if that happens.  An overview of the key provisions follows below.

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Metro Brief: Norton hopes to reward fair labor practices with new bill

On November 10, 2014

 

When Congress reconvenes, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said that she will introduce a bill that directs federal agencies to give preferential points to federal government vendors and contractors based on their labor practices.

Points would be given to vendors and contractors that pay their employees a living wage with benefits without passing on additional costs to the federal government, as well as for permitting workers to unionize. According to Norton, these points will help level the playing field and encourage private contractors and concessionaires to treat their workforce with the dignity they deserve.

“The federal government, through contracts, funds approximately two million jobs that pay less than a livable wage,” said Norton. “The federal contracting system should not be contributing to growing income inequality. My bill will not only afford federal government contract workers a decent wage, but the federal government would see significant savings in benefits, such as food stamps it now offers to supplement the income of these low-wage workers.”

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OSHA Accepting Susan Harwood Training Grant Applications

OSHA announced it is soliciting applications under the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, with $7 million available for non-profit organizations, including community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, management associations, colleges, and universities.

According to OSHA, the program supports the creation of in-person, hands-on training and educational programs and the development of materials for workers and employers in small businesses; industries with high injury, illness, and fatality rates; and workers who are underserved, have limited English proficiency, or are temporary workers. The program awards two types of grants: Targeted Topic Training and Capacity Building. Each grant fund will have approximately $3.5 million in funding.

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150 Americans Die Each Day Due to Workplace Injury or Disease According to New Report

WASHINGTON, DC – According to a report released today by the AFL-CIO, 4,628 workers were killed in the United States during 2012 due to workplace injuries. Additionally an estimated 50,000 died from occupational diseases, resulting in a loss of nearly 150 workers each day from preventable workplace conditions.

“A hard day’s work should not be a death sentence,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “It is unconscionable that any worker has to choose between life and putting food on the table. When Congress votes to weaken worker protections or defund critical programs and when big corporations marginalize and deemphasize worker safety, they insult the memory of all those workers who have died while fighting to attain the American Dream.”

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