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Changes Made to Washington’s Overtime Rules

In September, we encouraged our members to submit their comment on the states proposed rule regarding pay for salaried employees who are exempt from overtime pay.

The rules have gone into effect and will be affecting an estimated 40,000 Washington employees in July of this year (2020) and 259,000 workers by 2028.

What does this mean for employers? In order to comply with the new rules, it may mean an employer would make changes such as:

  • Converting current exempt salaried employees to non-exempt, salaried employees and paying overtime
  • Limiting hours worked by employees to 40 per workweek
  • Converting current salaried exempt employees to hourly non-exempt employees

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Q&A page addresses many of the questions that employers may have regarding these changes.

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