New Overtime Rules Propose $49,000 – $62,000 as Salary Threshold: Comment Now

New Overtime Rules Propose $49,000 – $62,000 as Salary Threshold: Comment Now

Over the last six months, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has worked with stakeholders to update the “white collar” exemptions under the Minimum Wage Act for Executive, Administrative and Professional staff, including updating overtime exemptions and the salary threshold. A new version of the pre-draft rules ties the overtime exemption and salary threshold to a range of 2-2.5 times the state minimum wage, a range of $49,920 – $62,400 annually. View the Second Version of the Pre-Draft Rules here. 

We need you to personalize your Phone2Action alert responses! The link is live now and will also be sent on Monday, Nov. 26.

*We acknowledge you may receive this call to action several times, however, this is a very important issue that will impact our industry.*

The Department is asking for feedback on the proposed range. The Department has also suggested an effective date of Jan. 1, 2020, and has asked for feedback on a phase in, based on business size. The department is also asking for feedback on adopting a higher salary threshold (Yes – higher than $49,990 – $62,400!) in larger cities or areas of the state.

What the Washington Hospitality Association is doing:

  • Informing our members of this proposal
  • Participating in, and opposing this drastic proposal (View Julia Gorton’s comments on behalf of the Washington Hospitality Association: Scoping Questions, Draft Rule Concepts, EAP Pre-Draft Proposed Rule Language)
  • Driving grassroots opposition to listening sessions – the second round will be next week
  • Assisting our members in drafting comments to the Department
  • Coordinating opposition to this proposal with broader business community

What we need from you:

  • Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday and weekend business
  • Watch for and respond to our action alert Monday
  • Attend the listening sessions
    • Tuesday, Nov 27 in Seattle
    • Wednesday, Nov. 28 in Yakima
    • Thursday, Nov. 29 in Vancouver

Contact for more information.

  • We need to know: if this rule were adopted, how would you comply and what decisions would you be forced to make, how many employees would be impacted by this and how would they be impacted. Please contact

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