L&I’s Public Hearings for draft overtime rule in July & August

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To gain feedback from Washingtonians, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) will hold six public hearings across the state to gather feedback on the draft overtime rules which would set a new salary threshold to 2.5 times the statewide minimum wage by 2026 and be adjusted annually.

The Washington Hospitality Association is actively engaged in the rulemaking process and invites you to attend one of the public hearings in your area.

If you would like to submit comments, or attend the hearing, please contact Katie Doyle, grassroots manager, for more information.

PUBLIC HEARING LOCATIONS: Western Washington

Monday, July 15
Tumwater

Overview: 1 p.m., Public Hearing: 2-4 p.m.
L&I Headquarters, Room S117/S118/S119
7273 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater, WA 98501

Tuesday, July 16
Seattle

Overview: 9 a.m., Public Hearing: 10 a.m.-Noon
The Swedish Club, Stockholm Hall
1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Wednesday, July 17
Bellingham

Overview: 9 a.m., Public Hearing: 10 a.m.-Noon
Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center, Whatcom Room
714 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham, WA 98229

 

PUBLIC HEARING LOCATIONS: Eastern Washington

Monday, Aug. 5
Ellensburg

Overview: 9 a.m., Public Hearing: 10 a.m.-Noon
Hal Holmes Community Center, Hal Holmes Room
210 Ruby St., Ellensburg, WA 98926

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Kennewick

Overview: 9 a.m., Public Hearing: 10 a.m.-Noon
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Kennewick Tri-Cities, Vista Hall
7048 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, WA 99336

Wednesday, Aug. 7
Spokane

Overview: 9:00 AM, Public Hearing: 10 a.m.-Noon
CenterPlace Regional Event Center, Large Meeting Room
2426 N. Discovery Pl., Spokane, WA 99216

 FORMAT OF THE MEETING:

When you arrive to the meeting there will be a sign in to indicate if you would like to speak during the public hearing or not. The meeting will begin with a 1-hour overview of the Rulemaking on Minimum Wage Act Exemptions for Executive, Administrative and Professional (EAP) & Outside Sales Employees presented by L&I. During this briefing, you will get an overview of the law, learn about the history, criteria and background of the exemptions, an overview of the rulemaking timeline and an overview of the phase-in period. The public hearing will begin after the overview. Please prepare for a 2 minute or less time limit if you plan on speaking. You may also bring your comments in writing to submit following your testimony.

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries is specifically looking for public input on the following:

  • Alignment of language with federal tests (Salary Basis Test, Salary Level Test, Duties Test)
  • Addition of clarifying definitions drawn from federal rules.
  • The phase-in schedule for the overtime salary threshold (up to 2.5 times the Washington State minimum wage by 2026)
  • How the draft rules and phase-in proposal will impact your business and your staff

For the fact sheet about the draft overtime rule, click here.

For the association’s press release about the draft overtime rule, click here.

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