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Washington state floats $49K overtime threshold

June 10, 2019 / Ryan Golden

Washington state is considering a regulation that would make workers earning less than about $49,000 eligible for overtime pay at companies with more than 50 employees. For employers with 50 or fewer workers, the threshold would be about $35,000. The thresholds are calculated based on the state's minimum wage, Washington's Department of Labor & Industry said. Under the proposal, increases would occur incrementally beginning July 1, 2020, and ending Jan. 1, 2026. The proposal also updates the state's "duties test," combining its two current tests into one that more closely aligns with that used by the federal government. The department said the rulemaking process could take up to six months and that it expects to adopt the rule later this year. A public comment period for the rule opened June 5 and will close Sept. 6.