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Are you keeping up with changing wage rates and HR compliance requirements?

Minimum wage and overtime threshold levels now rise with inflation every year in Washington state. Make sure you are complying by paying your staff above these levels starting on January 1, 2021: 2021 State minimum wage:  $13.69 per hour (higher for the cities of Seattle and SeaTac) Salary level below which you must pay overtime:   Small employers (up to 50 employees):  $42,713 per year Large employers (51+): $49,832 per year While you are at it, be sure you post an updated copy of “Your Rights as a Worker” poster in an area where your employees can read it.  If your staff are […]

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Are you prepared for the new state overtime rules?

It’s budgeting season in a year like no other. For those of us without psychic ability and a crystal ball, how do we plan for 2021? There are many things to consider, but I want to lead with a big policy change that needs to be a focus of your forecasting: Significant changes to the Washington state overtime threshold rules are being phased in over the next 7.5 years. […]

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What Do Washington State’s New Overtime Pay Rules Mean for Nonprofits?

Employees, including those working for nonprofits, who earn salaries under this threshold must earn overtime for any hours worked over 40 in one week. I know this change presents a challenge to most of us, particularly outside the Seattle metropolitan area. We face rising labor costs and funding levels that are not keeping pace. On the positive side, this could move us toward better compensation in the sector and less burnout. […]

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New Federal Overtime Pay Rules Beginning January 1, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor released its new overtime pay threshold that takes effect January 1, 2020. The new salary threshold is raised to $684 per week/ $35,568 per year. What This Means: Employees earning less than the threshold must be paid time and a half overtime pay for each hour worked beyond 40 hours in a week. This change applies to all employers beginning January 1, 2020, regardless of size or field of service. How to Comply: Review the Department of Labor’s webpage about the new threshold. The website contains fact sheets, FAQ, and a compliance guide for small […]

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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. […]