Are You Ready to Weigh in on Overtime Pay?

Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) issued its new overtime pay proposal. Official public hearings on the proposal begin next week, so read on to learn how you can comment on the policy. 

Proposal Information
L&I is proposing to raise the overtime pay threshold (the minimum below which employees must be paid overtime for over 40 hours of work in a week) to 2.5x the minimum wage by 2026. This equates to a threshold annual salary of nearly $80,000. If you missed our recent webinar on the proposal, you can view the recording and access the slides below. You can access the salary tables, and other information here.  

Click here to download the slide deck from the presentation.

Hearings Begin Next Week
L&I will start holding public hearings on the proposal beginning one week from today. The hearing schedule is:

City:TumwaterSeattleBellinghamOnline
Date :July 15, 2019July 16, 2019July 17, 2019July 23, 2019
Time:1 PM to 4 PM9 AM to 12 PM9 AM to 12 PM10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Venue:L&I Headquarters
7273 Linderson Way SW
Tumwater
98501
The Swedish Club
1920 Dexter Ave N
Seattle
98109
Four Points By Sheraton
714 Lakeway Dr
Bellingham
98229
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City:EllensburgKennewickSpokaneVancounver
Date:August 5, 2019August 6, 2019August 7, 2019August 15, 2019
Time:9 AM to 12 PM9 AM to 12 PM9 AM to 12 PM9 AM to 12 PM
Venue:Hal Holmes Community Center
201 Ruby St
Ellensburg
98926
Springhill Suites
7048 W Grandridge Blvd
Kennewick
99336
CenterPlace Regional Event Center
2426 N Discovery Pl
Spokane Valley
99216
Clark College Columbia Tech Center
18700 SE Mill Plain Blvd
Vancouver
98683

If a hearing is in your area, please try to attend so that L&I can hear your perspective.  

How to Prepare for a Hearing
To prepare for the hearings, we recommend that your organization estimate the financial costs of compliance and explain what the proposed changes will mean for your mission, services, staffing plans and costs, and employee benefits, among other items relevant to your organization. Once you have done your analysis, prepare brief talking points to use for testimony. Click here to download a guide to organize your thoughts. 

Prior to each set of hearings, we will be holding check in calls that will cover how to prepare and what to expect at the hearings. Click the date below to register:

Can’t Attend a Hearing? Comment in Writing by September 6th
If you are unable to attend a hearing, you can still comment in writing. To comment, all you have to do is submit a letter about the proposal’s impact on your organization. Use our testimony template to help gather and organize your comments, and then write them up on letterhead. To submit comments, email the document to EAPrules@Lni.wa.gov or fax the document to 360-902-5300 by September 6th. Please let us know if we can provide assistance with commenting.

Next Steps
Please mark down September 6th as the deadline to comment on the proposal. Between now and then, we will share any new information we learn about the proposal. If you would like to discuss this issue further, please reach out.

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David Streeter is Washington Nonprofits’ Director of Public Policy and Advocacy.