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June 6, 2019

More Washington workers could see OT pay under proposed rule

Associated Press

OLYMPIA — More than 250,000 workers in Washington state would be newly eligible for overtime pay by 2026 under a rule proposed Wednesday by the state’s Department of Labor and Industries.

The state agency announced that it had formally filed the proposed rule, which would more than triple the salary threshold under which employers must pay overtime to their workers. Under the proposed rule, the higher salary threshold will be set as a percentage of the state’s minimum wage and will vary depending on the size of the company, until 2026. The state’s minimum wage, currently $12 an hour, will rise to $13.50 an hour next year.

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