DC Council unanimously passes minimum wage bill

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On 17 December 2013, the DC Council unanimously passed a bill that would incrementally increase the minimum wage in the district to $11.50 (£7) by 2016. It is likely that the bill will become law by early 2014 and that the district’s minimum wage will begin to rise on 1 July 2014.

The district’s minimum wage is presently $8.25 per hour. Under the proposed legislation, the minimum wage would increase to the greater of $1 over the federal minimum wage, or according to the following schedule: $9.50 per hour beginning on 1 July 2014; $10.50 per hour beginning on 1 July 2015; $11.50 per hour beginning on 1 July 2016; and a value indexed to inflation beginning on 1 July 2017. The proposed legislation also makes changes to the notice that is required to be given to tipped workers.

Unlike the bill that the DC Council passed this summer — but that failed to become law after Mayor Vincent Gray’s veto — this bill applies to all employers in the district, except the federal government. It does not provide an exception for employers with a collective bargaining agreement, nor does it provide an exception for small employers. That said, district law presently provides exemptions to the minimum wage law that this legislation does not alter. For example, the district’s minimum wage requirements do not apply to executive, administrative or professional employees…

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