D.C. minimum wage jumps to $14 per hour

Minimum wage workers in the District will earn an additional 75 cents per hour starting Monday.

Under the Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2016, employers must now pay their employees a minimum of $14 per hour as part of a multi-year plan to increase the District’s minimum wage to $15 by next year. The newly enacted provision is expected to affect more than 200,000 workers, Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement Monday.

“One of the most effective ways we can give more Washingtonians a fair shot is by connecting our residents to pathways to the middle class, which for many starts with a strong minimum wage,” Bowser said in the statement. “Establishing a $15 minimum wage is an essential part of our efforts to create policies and programs that make our city more affordable and sustainable for working families and residents across the income spectrum.”

Monday marked the third minimum wage increase in the last two years. Under the Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act, D.C.’s minimum wage increased by 75 cents in July 2018 and by $1 in July 2017.

Under the law, the base minimum wage for tipped employees rose from $3.89 to $4.45 per hour and will jump to $5 per hour next year. If a tipped employee’s weekly average total compensation does not equal the non-tipped minimum wage, employers are required to pay the difference, according to the law.

After July 2021, the tipped minimum wage will automatically increase in proportion to inflation in D.C., the law states.

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