By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff
The minimum wage in the District of Columbia will increase to $14.00 on July 1, 2019, as part of a scheduled increase. The Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2016 applies to all employers in the District, including the District government, but does not apply to the federal government. The Act provides for the minimum wage to reach $15.00 on July 1, 2020. After that, starting in July of 2021, the minimum wage would then increase based on the increase in the cost of living, if any. In any year where the federal minimum wage is higher than the minimum wage in D.C., the minimum wage in D.C. would increase to the U.S. minimum wage plus $1. In addition, the District’s Living Wage Act of 2006 provides that the minimum wage requirements would apply to contracts and agreements for government assistance if the minimum wage is ever higher than the living wage. As of January 1, 2019, the living wage for District of Columbia Contractors is $14.50, which remains higher than the D.C. minimum wage.
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