DC Council votes to repeal Initiative 77

WORKFORCE | DC Council voted 8 to 5 to approve legislation to repeal Initiative 77, which would have raised the tipped wage to $15 in 2026. Although the initiative was defeated, the repeal bill does include language which requires employers to attend training on sexual harassment and wage theft. (DCist, 10/3)

But the repeal bill that passed Tuesday also makes concessions to those who say the tipped-wage system enables sexual harassment and wage theft.

  • Requires employers of tipped workers to undergo training on sexual harassment and wage-theft laws
  • Calls on D.C.’s Department of Employment Services to create a website about the city’s wage and hour rules
  • Directs the mayor to set up a tip line for workers to report wage theft; and
  • Requires tipped workers’ employers to use a third-party payroll system that submits wage information to the employment agency.

WRAG COMMUNITY | On the Daily WRAG‘s blog, I write about a new program we are launching that we hope will provide another avenue for our audience to hear the authentic voices of community members. (Daily, 10/3)

– The DC Department of Housing and Community Development has reduced funding for housing counseling providers and advocates for DC residents that are experiencing housing instability. (WCP, 10/2)

– $167M: D.C. designates record amount in affordable housing investments (Curbed, 10/2)

– The Montgomery County Council has voted on legislation that they hope will assist farmers find ways to maintain their farms. (WaPo, 10/2)

– After Decades Of Polluting Potomac, Alexandria Plans New Sewage Tunnel (WAMU, 10/1)

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