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Washington D.C. to Have an Upgraded Minimum Wage

25 Feb

Update Applicable to:Effective date
All employers with at least 1 workerSee details below

What happened?

On January 10, 2024, D.C. Mayor, Muriel Bowser, signed the Minimum Wage Clarification Amendment Act of 2023 which will be enacted into law if not overturned by Congress.

What are the details?

  • If it becomes law, it will expand the circumstances where employers must pay employees’ D.C. minimum wage (currently $17.00 an hour).
  • Under existing law (Exceptions for security officers), employers are required to pay D.C.’s minimum wage if:
  • (1) The employee spends over 50% of their working time in D.C. or
  • (2) If their job is based in D.C. and they spend a significant amount of their time working there, but not more than 50% in any specific state.
  • The Act will require employers to pay D.C.’s minimum wage to employees who have worked for at least 2 hours in D.C. for the same employer within one workweek.
  • The act will take effect following a 30-day Congressional review period. The projected law date is March 7, 2024.

Business Considerations

  • Conduct an audit of your workforce to determine which employees you have who perform at least 2 hours of work within one workweek for your business.
  • If you have any workers who would be affected, review your budget and human capital needs to address the potential costs and how it may affect staffing.


  • You may check the status here: A25-0362

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