• Amended D.C. Wage Theft Prevention Act Predicted to go into Effect in February
  • March 24, 2015 | Authors: Meredith Merry Campbell; Joy C. Einstein; Gregory D. Grant; Michael L. Kabik
  • Law Firms: Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A. - Potomac Office ; Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A. - Washington Office
  • The D.C. Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014 is predicted to go into effect at the end of February. Once the law goes into effect, employers will be required to give employees written notice, both in English and in the employee’s primary language, of their wages. The notice must include: (1) the employer’s name, address, and telephone number; (2) the employee’s regular payday, rate of pay and basis of that rate; and (3) the employee’s overtime rate of pay and exemptions from overtime pay, as well as other information.

    On February 3, 2015, the Washington, D.C. Council passed an emergency amendment which requires that employers only maintain time records for certain kinds of exempt employees (i.e., seamen, railroad employees, car salesmen, parking lot and parking garage attendants, and airport employees who voluntarily switch shifts with other employees where before it was unclear whether employers had to maintain time records for all exempt employees). The emergency amendments also make clear that the D.C. Mayor’s office must make sample written notices available in languages other than English and that exempt employees may be paid on a monthly, rather than bi-weekly, basis.

    This will be a big change once it goes into effect, and employers will not have much time to get their notices ready. Employers are best advised to start drafting their notices now!