Fair Wage Hearing: Bill 21-878

Councilmember Elissa Silverman, Chairperson of the Subcommittee on Workforce, announces a public hearing before the Subcommittee on Bill 21-878, the “Fair Wage Amendment Act of 2016.”  The hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building. 

You can see the formal hearing notice here.

What does this bill do?

The stated purpose of Bill 21-878 is to amend the Wage Transparency Act of 2014 to prohibit an employer from screening prospective employees based on their wage history or seeking the wage history of a prospective employee.

How do I testify in-person?

Those who wish to testify before the Subcommittee are asked to contact Ms. Charnisa Royster at [email protected] or (202) 724-7772 by close of business Monday, November 29, 2016, to provide your name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any), as well as the language of oral interpretation, if any, they require.  Those wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony.  Those representing organizations will have five minutes to present their testimony, and individuals will have three minutes to present their testimony; less time will be allowed if there are a large number of witnesses.  A copy of the legislation can be obtained through the Legislative Services Division of the Secretary of the Council’s office or on http://lims.dccouncil.us.

If I can't attend the hearing, how do I submit my testimony?

If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record.  Written statements should be submitted by email to Ms. Royster at [email protected] or mailed to the Subcommittee on Workforce, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 408 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004; or.  The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on December 7, 2016.