With four public hearing scheduled this month on the overtime rule – “super minimum wage” – proposed by the Department of Labor and Industries, the Association of Washington Business offers an excellent video primer of what’s at stake for employers and employees in the state. We’ve embedded it above.
Previously, we cited this short take from the Washington Research Council.
Currently, workers must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours a week, but there are some exemptions—including for EAP workers. To be exempt, these workers must perform certain duties and earn more than $455 per week ($23,660 per year). (This is the current federal salary threshold; the current state threshold is $250 per week.)
Under the proposal, the salary threshold would be increased by steps (depending on employer size) until it is 2.5 times the state minimum wage for all employers beginning Jan. 1, 2026.
The risks of adverse consequences for employers and employees are unmistakable. Here’s how AWB closes out the one-page, with information on the public hearings. It’s a good opportunity to be heard on a significant workplace issue.