D.C. Act 21-512. Wage Theft Prevention Correction and Clarification Second Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2016.

D.C. Act 21-512. Wage Theft Prevention Correction and Clarification Second Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2016.

AN ACT

To amend, on an emergency basis, due to congressional review, An Act To provide for the payment and collection of wages in the District of Columbia to clarify who may bring an action on behalf of an employee and when a general contractor and subcontractor or a general contractor and temporary staffing firm will be jointly and severally liable for violations, to revise criminal penalties for violations of the act, and to authorize the Mayor to issue rules to implement the provisions of the act; to amend the Minimum Wage Act Revision Act of 1992 to clarify the time period for retention of payroll records, when a general contractor and subcontractor or a general contractor and temporary staffing firm will be jointly and severally liable for violations, and how the Mayor shall make certain information available to employers; and to amend the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014 to repeal a retroactive applicability provision.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "Wage Theft Prevention Correction and Clarification Second Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2016".

Sec. 2. An Act To provide for the payment and collection of wages in the District of Columbia, approved August 3, 1956 (70 Stat. 976; D.C. Official Code § 32-1301 et seq.), is amended as follows:

Note § 32-1303

(a) Section 3 (D.C. Official Code § 32-1303) is amended as follows:

(1) Paragraph (5) is amended as follows:

(A) Strike the word "alleged" and insert the word "found" in its place.

(B) Strike the phrase "Act." and insert the phrase "Act, except as otherwise provided in a contract between the contractor and subcontractor in effect on the effective date of the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014, effective February 26, 2015 (D.C. Law 20-157; 61 DCR 10157)." in its place.

(2) Paragraph (6) is amended by striking the phrase "District." and inserting the phrase "District, except as otherwise provided in a contract between the temporary staffing firm and the employer in effect on the effective date of the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014, effective February 26, 2015 (D.C. Law 20-157; 61 DCR 10157)." in its place.

Note § 32-1307

(b) Section 7(a) (D.C. Official Code § 32-1307(a)) is amended to read as follows:

"(a)(1) Any employer who negligently fails to comply with the provisions of this act or the Living Wage Act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined:

"(A) For the first offense, an amount per affected employee of not more than $2,500;

"(B) For any subsequent offense, an amount per affected employee of not more than $5,000.

"(2) Any employer who willfully fails to comply with the provisions of this act or the Living Wage Act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall:

"(A) For the first offense, be fined not more than $5,000, or imprisoned not more than 30 days, or both; or

"(B) For any subsequent offense, be fined not more than $10,000, or imprisoned not more than 90 days, or both.

"(3) The fines set forth in paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection shall not be limited by section 101 of the Criminal Fine Proportionality Amendment Act of 2012, effective June 11, 2013 (D.C. Law 19-317; D.C. Official Code § 22-3571.01).".

Note § 32-1308

(c) Section 8(a) (D.C. Official Code § 32-1308(a)) is amended by striking the phrase ", or any entity a member of which is aggrieved by a violation of this act, the Minimum Wage Revision Act, the Sick and Safe Leave Act, or the Living Wage Act".

(d) A new section 10b is added to read as follows:

"Sec. 10b. Rules.

"The Mayor, pursuant to Title I of the District of Columbia Administrative Procedure Act, approved October 21, 1068 (82 Stat. 1204; D.C. Official Code § 2-501 et seq.), may issue rules to implement the provisions of this act.".

Sec. 3. The Minimum Wage Act Revision Act of 1992, effective March 25, 1993 (D.C. Law 9-248; D.C. Official Code § 32-1001 et seq.), is amended as follows:

Note § 32-1008

(a) Section 9(a)(1) (D.C. Official Code § 32-1008(a)(1)) is amended by striking the phrase "3 years or whatever the prevailing federal standard is, whichever is greater" and inserting the phrase "3 years or the prevailing federal standard, if identified in regulations issued pursuant to this act, whichever is greater" in its place.

Note § 32-1009

(b) Section 10(c) (D.C. Official Code § 32-1009(c)) is amended to read as follows:

"(c) The Mayor shall make copies or summaries of this act publicly available on the District government's website or by some other appropriate method within 60 days of the effective date of the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014, effective February 26, 2015 (D.C. Law 20-157; 61 DCR 10157). An employer shall not be liable for failure to post notice if the Mayor has failed to provide to the employer the notice required by this section.".

Note § 32-1011

(c) Section 12(d)(1)(C) (D.C. Official Code § 32-1011(d)(1)(C)) is amended by striking the phrase "3 years or whatever the prevailing federal standard is, whichever is greater" and inserting the phrase "3 years or the prevailing federal standard, if identified in regulations issued pursuant to this act, whichever is greater" in its place.

Note § 32-1012

(d) Section 13 (D.C. Official Code § 32-1012) is amended as follows:

(1) Subsection (c) is amended by striking the phrase "act." and inserting the phrase "act, except as otherwise provided in a contract between the contract and subcontractor in effect on the effective date of the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014, effective February 26, 2015 (D.C. Law 20-157; 61 DCR 10157)." in its place.

(2) Subsection (f) is amended by striking the phrase "District." and inserting the phrase "District, except as otherwise provided in a contract between the temporary staffing firm and the employer in effect on the effective date of the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014, effective February 26, 2015 (D.C. Law 20-157; 61 DCR 10157)." in its place.

Sec. 4. Section 7 of the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014, effective February 26, 2015 (D.C. Law 20-157; 61 DCR 10157), is repealed.

Sec. 5. Applicability.

This act shall apply as of October 19, 2016.

Sec. 6. Fiscal impact statement.

The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement of the Budget Director as the fiscal impact statement required by section 4a of the General Legislative Procedures Act of 1975, approved October 16, 2006 (120 Stat. 2038; D.C. Official Code § 1-301.47a).

Sec. 7. Effective date.

This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), and shall remain in effect for no longer than 90 days, as provided for emergency acts of the Council of the District of Columbia in section 412(a) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 788; D.C. Official Code § 1-204.12(a)).