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District of Columbia Overtime Pay Law

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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Employers in the District of Columbia must conform with these state rules regarding overtime pay for employees.

Employers in the District of Columbia may not employ any employee for more than 40 hours per workweek unless the excess hours are compensated for at one and one-half times the employee's regular rate of pay.

Exemptions From General Overtime Provision

Exemptions from the overtime provisions include persons employed:

  • in a bona fide executive, administrative, professional our outside salesperson position;
  • as casual babysitters
  • as volunteers in an educational, religious, or nonprofit organization, or lay members of a religious organization
  • as a seaman, by a railroad, as an attendant in a parking lot or parking garage or in home newspaper delivery
  • by an air carrier who voluntarily exchanges workdays with another employee for the primary purpose of utilizing air travel benefits available to these employees
  • as a salesperson, partsperson or mechanic primarily engaged in selling or servicing automobiles, trailers or trucks, if employed by a nonmanufacturing establishment primarily engaged in the business of selling these vehicles to ultimate purchasers
  • primarily to wash automobiles by an employer whose annual dollar volume of sales is derived by more than 50 percent from washing automobiles and where, for the employee's employment in excess of 160 hours over a period of four consecutive workweeks, the employee receives compensation at a rate of at least one and one-half times the employee's regular rate of pay

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