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L&I Announces Official Overtime Pay Proposal and Public Hearings

Posted Jul 09, 2019 12:16 PM
Washington State’s Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has proposed rules requiring employers to pay overtime to exempt employees at the following levels beginning July 1, 2020.

Here are two key takeaways:

  • Organizations with fewer than 50 employees: Employees paid up to $675/week must be paid overtime.
  • Organizations with more than 50 employees: Employees paid up to $945/week must be paid overtime.

The proposed overtime pay threshold – which is the minimum below which employees must be paid overtime when working more than 40 hours in a week – will rise to 2.5 times the minimum wage by 2026, and will stay indexed to the minimum wage as it increases. Changes will be implemented gradually. Employers with 50 employees or fewer will have more time to comply. Read the full draft of proposals.

Want to learn more? Read what Washington Nonprofits has to say about these rule changes, as well as check-in calls they're holding that will cover how to prepare and what to expect at the public hearings L&I is hosting across the state starting in July.

Want to give the state feedback on these rules? You can send comments by email by Sept. 6 at or at the in-person hearings.