Employment is an important part of the lives of most people, which is why ensuring workers understand their rights is important. The minimum wage in Washington, D.C. recently increased to $10.50 an hour. The recent increase in Washington, D.C.'s minimum wage is part of an overall plan and recent law to increase Washington, D.C.'s minimum wage to $11.50 per hour by 2016. It was estimated that 64,000 workers in Washington, D.C. earn less than $11.50 per hour and were impacted by the recent change. The increase makes Washington, D.C.'s minimum wage amongst the highest in the country.
In addition to minimum wage laws, and according to Washington, D.C. labor laws, employers are required to pay employees one and half times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked during a work week in excess of 40 hours. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. But, workers who do not receive overtime pay they have earned, or who are misclassified, may have different resources and options available to them to ensure they are properly compensated for their hard work and efforts.
Workers who have not received an minimum increase required by law, have not received the proper amount of overtime pay or have been classified in a way that may deny them overtime pay they have earned, should be familiar with their rights. When workers are well informed of wage and hour laws and their rights, and familiar with the legal remedies they may have when they have not been properly compensated, they are better able to assert their rights and to protect their livelihoods.
Source: does.dc.gov, "DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA OFFICIAL CODE 2001 EDITION DIVISION V. LOCAL BUSINESS AFFAIRS TITLE 32. LABOR. CHAPTER 10. MINIMUM WAGES," Accessed Aug. 16, 2015