District of Columbia's New Wage Theft Law Modifies Employer Wage Payment Obligations and Increases Penalties

The District of Columbia’s new Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014, D.C. Act A20-426 (Act), is scheduled to take effect on February 26, 2015. Among other things, the Act expands rules on timing of pay during employment and on termination to cover exempt workers, requires that employers provide all employees with new notices about their wages, and creates new recordkeeping obligations. The Act also increases potential liability and penalties for violation of wage laws, makes employers responsible for violations by their subcontractors or temporary staffing providers, makes it easier to bring a class action, and creates a new detailed administrative enforcement scheme.

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