Not a Member? Get access to HR news and resources that you can trust.
Make sure supervisors know these common justifications for harassment are unacceptable.
Is your employee handbook ready for the changing world of work? With SHRM’s Employee Handbook Builder get peace of mind that your handbook is up-to-date.
60+ new SHRM Seminar dates in 10 U.S. cities and virtually.
Expand your influence and learn how to become an effective leader -- Join us in Phoenix, AZ, October 2-4, 2017.
The District of Columbia’s new Wage Theft Prevention Act makes major changes in employer liability for failing to fully compensate employees for work completed. Offenses include paying subminimum wages, denying tips or not paying earned overtime pay.
The official effective date of the new law is Jan. 14, 2015, but the actual effective date may occur up to a month later, depending on the necessity of action by the new Congress.
The bill sharply increases the penalty—currently set at $300—for employers found guilty of the prohibited acts. The new minimum penalty will be $10,000 for a first offense and up to $25,000 for subsequent offenses. If an offense is willful, the employer may be fined $25,000 for the first offense and $50,000 for subsequent offenses, and spend up to 90 days in jail. A company may also be subject to denial or suspension of a business license if it has been found guilty of a wage theft offense in the past three years or failed to comply with a wage theft-related administrative order.
The new law requires employers, within 90 days of the effective date, to provide employees with an updated written notice listing: a) employer contact information and b) the employee’s rate of pay and the basis of that rate. Failure to provide notice to an employee will constitute evidence weighing against the credibility of the employer’s testimony regarding the promised rate of pay. The employer must also retain proof that this notice was given to each employee.
Diane Cadrain is an attorney who has been writing about employment law issues for more than 20 years.
You have successfully saved this page as a bookmark.
Please confirm that you want to proceed with deleting bookmark.
You have successfully removed bookmark.
Please log in as a SHRM member before saving bookmarks.
Your session has expired. Please log in again before saving bookmarks.
Please purchase a SHRM membership before saving bookmarks.
An error has occurred
Recommended for you
Join SHRM's exclusive peer-to-peer social network
SHRM’s HR Vendor Directory contains over 3,200 companies
[/_catalogs/masterpage/SHRMCore/Main.master][Title][SHRM Online - Society for Human Resource Management]