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Employment Law Alert

DC Employer Alert – New Minimum Wage for the District of Columbia Effective July 1st

July 10, 2020

On July 1, 2020, the District of Columbia increased its minimum wage rate from $14.00 to $15.00 per hour for employees who do not receive gratuities and increased its minimum wage from $4.45 to $5.00 per hour for employees who do receive gratuities. As to the latter, it is very important to remember that the combined base and tipped earnings for employees receiving gratuities must equal the District of Columbia minimum wage rate, otherwise, the employer must pay the difference. Both gratuity and non-gratuity rates are subject to some exceptions (see link below).

While “overtime” pay remains at 1.5 times the regular rate for employees that work over 40 hours per week, this is also subject to some exceptions (see link below).

Additional information, including the exceptions referenced above, is available on this flyer from the District of Columbia Department of Employer Services – which all DC employers are required to post immediately.


The contents of this Alert are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. If you have any questions about this Alert, please contact the Shulman Rogers attorney with whom you regularly work or a member of the Shulman Rogers Employment and Labor Law Group.