New online tool provides guidance on Washington’s updated overtime rules
The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has developed an eLearning module that explains Washington’s new overtime rules regarding exemptions for executive, administrative, and professional workers, as well as outside salespeople and computer professionals.
The online tool also leads users through a series of questions and answers to help determine if a worker likely meets the requirements to be considered exempt from the protections of the State Minimum Wage Act.
Users need to be aware the module does not replace legal advice and is being provided as part of L&I’s outreach and education effort. The Revised Code of Washington and Washington Administrative Code are the official sources for information on the updates to the rules.
On Dec. 11, 2019, L&I announced changes to the overtime rules that update the job duties tests for each exemption category and the minimum salary threshold an exempt employee must be paid to qualify for exemption. The new rules will take effect July 1.
The eLearning Module can be found at https://apps-public.lni.wa.gov/training/executive-administrative-professional-exemptions. You can learn more about the new overtime rules at Lni.wa.gov/overtimerulemaking.