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For Workers in Washington, D.C., Minimum Wage Is On The Rise

In recent minimum wage activity, lawmakers in Washington D.C. have approved a plan to hike the hourly minimum wage for workers by 2020. The current hourly minimum wage of $10.50/hour (which is scheduled to rise to $11.50 by July 1, 2016, pursuant to earlier legislation) is slated to jump via a series of annual increases thereafter to $15.00/hour by July 1, 2020. Tipped employees’ minimum wage is proposed to progress from the current hourly rate of $2.77 to $5.00 over the same time frame. The bill, referred to as the Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2016, is anticipated to be signed by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and will be subject to congressional review thereafter.

In the event of congressional delay (due to summer recess, etc.), an emergency bill has likewise been introduced (and is currently retained by the counsel), which mirrors the proposed changes, becomes effective upon signature by Mayor Bowser and has a 90 day sunset provision.

As this is just one of many minimum wage increase initiatives popping up across the nation, employers should remain on alert and frequently evaluate the pay structures being used in each of their work locations to account for such developments.

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Koryn M. McHone, Barnes Thornburg Law Firm, Indianapolis Labor and Employment Law Attorney
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Koryn M. McHone is an associate in the Labor and Employment Department in the firm’s Indianapolis, Indiana office.

Ms. McHone represents management interests in employment litigation and providing employment counseling to employers of all sizes and with varying employment needs. She regularly defends employers in employment matters at the local, state and federal levels, including defense against claims of wrongful discharge, discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, breach of contract, wage/hour violations and violation of employee medical leave rights, among others. Ms....

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