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District of Columbia - Wage and Hour Laws

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Minimum Wage

District of Columbia’s current minimum wage rate is $8.25.
For more information on District of Columbia's minimum wage laws, visit our District of Columbia Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.
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Overtime

The District of Columbia requires employer to pay employees 1½ times their regular rate for all hours worked in a workweek in excess of forty (40) hours. D.C. Code § 32-1003. Some exceptions apply. An employer must also comply with federal overtime laws. See FLSA. Federal law will apply in cases where it benefits employees more, otherwise District of Columbia law applies.
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Meals and Breaks

The District of Columbia does not have any meal or break requirements for employers, thus the federal rules apply. The federal rule does not require an employer to provide either a meal (lunch) period or breaks. However, if an employer chooses to do so, breaks, usually of the type lasting less than twenty (20) minutes, must be paid. Meal or lunch periods (usually thirty (30) minutes or more) do not need to be paid, so long as the employee is free to do as they wish during the meal or lunch period. DOL: Breaks and Meal Periods.
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Vacation Leave

Information about District of Columbia vacation leave laws may now be found on our District of Columbia Leave Laws page.
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Sick Leave

Information about District of Columbia sick leave laws may now be found on our District of Columbia Leave Laws page.
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Holiday Leave

Information about District of Columbia holiday leave laws may now be found on our District of Columbia Leave Laws page.
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Jury Duty Leave

Information about District of Columbia jury duty leave laws may now be found on our District of Columbia Leave Laws page.
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Voting Leave

Information about District of Columbia voting leave laws may now be found on our District of Columbia Leave Laws page.
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Severance Pay

The District of Columbia does not have any laws requiring an employer to pay severance pay to an employee. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.
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