By law, the District of Columbia minimum wage must be at least $1.00 more than the federal minimum wage. On July 24, 2009, the federal minimum wage will increase from $6.55 per hour to $7.25 per hour.
When the federal minimum increases, the minimum in several states, including Texas, Oklahoma, Utah, North Dakota and Virginia will increase, too. These states tie their minimum wage laws to the federal minimum wage. The District of Columbia will see an increase in its minimum wage, too. While Texas, Utah, etc. match the federal minimum.
That means that in July 2009, the D.C. minimum wage will jump to $8.25 per hour.
Business owners in Washington, D. C. are not happy with this increase. They feel it puts them at a disadvantage with competitors in neighboring Virginia and Maryland. Both of these states adjust their minimum wage to the level of the federal minimum, so will pay $7.25 per hour as compared to $8.25 per hour in D. C.
Despite these objections, Mayor Anthony A. Williams signed (more…)
Such paid sick leave may become the next hot labor topic. Employers may comment on the new regulation. After that, the D.C. Department of Employment Services or DOES will release the regulations and their accompanying (and long-awaited) FAQ guidelines.
The new act actually went into effect November 13, 2008. The DOES, however, just recently issued regulations for employers to follow.
That law requires all employers to provide paid sick leave to eligible employees working in the District of Columbia for any absences related to physical or mental illness. The law also requires employers to give workers paid time off for preventative medical care or family care.
One of the more unusual aspects of the law is that it requires employers to give “safe” leave to employees who are associated with stalking, domestic violence or sexual abuse.
The Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008 went into effect on November 13, 2008. However, the D.C. Department of Employment Services or DOES just recently issued regulations for employers to follow.
Although the District of Columbia is technically not a state, like many states, including Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Virginia, the District of Columbia’s minimum wage is tied to the federal minimum wage. Unlike those states, however, the minimum wage law in D. C doesn’t merely equal the federal minimum wage, but exceeds it by $1 per hour.
That’s because D.C. law requires that the minimum wage be $1 per hour more than the federal minimum wage. When the federal minimum wage increases from $5.85 to $6.55 in July, it will spark an increase in the D.C. minimum wage.
Up to a dozen states will increase the minimum wage to the same level as the federal minimum wage, including Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and North Dakota. The increase in the District of Columbia is the highest, however.
This increase is somewhat controversial (more…)