ACTION ALERT: Comment to Legislators on Overtime Pay

August 12, 2019

Washington State’s overtime pay rules are likely to change beginning in 2020. The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) is proposing to raise the overtime salary 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 once the proposal is fully implemented. We know that this will impact many nonprofits, so L&I needs to hear from you.


L&I is proposing to align our state’s overtime pay threshold with a multiplier of the minimum wage. According to L&I’s proposal, the new salary thresholds would be:

Click here to see a larger version of the salary table.


  1. Watch our webinar on the proposal above and download L&I’s fact sheet. L&I also released a matrix comparing current federal duties test criteria with the proposed duties test criteria.
  2. Analyze the proposal’s impact an organize your comments using this guide.
  3. Write about the impact to your State Representatives and Senator. Use our guide to craft your comments and learn how to submit them.

Additional information on the proposal is available on L&I’s engagement website.

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