District of Columbia Hours of Work: What you need to know

The term “working time” means all the time the employee:
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• Is required to be on the employer's premises, on duty, or at a prescribed place;
• Is permitted to work;
• Is required to travel in connection with the business of the employer; or
• Waits on the employer's premises for work (DC Code Sec. 32-1002).
The District of Columbia does not limit the number of hours an employee may work, unless the employee is a minor. There is additional information and details.
All employers must keep for at least 3 years accurate records of the following (DC Code Sec. 32-1008):
• The name, address, and occupation of each employee
• A record of the date of birth of any employee under 19 years of age
• The rate of pay and the amount paid each pay period to each employee
• The hours worked each day and each workweek by each employee
For employees working split shift, a daily record must be kept of starting times, quitting times, and meal periods.
These records must be available for inspection by the mayor's office at any reasonable time.

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