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Washington state overtime laws dictate that all non-exempt employees must be paid 1.5 times their regular hourly rate for all hours worked over a 40 hour work week. In Washington, the minimum wage is $9.19, which means that the minimum wage for overtime hours is $13.97 per hour. The national employment lawyers at Phillips Dayes Law Firm have written this page to help employees learn more about Washington state overtime laws. If you have additional questions about overtime pay laws in Washington, we invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation.

Washington State Overtime Exemptions

For the most part, Washington state overtime exemption laws closely resemble the national overtime exemption laws established by the FLSA. According to overtime exemption laws established by the federal government and adhered to by Washington state government, the following types of employees are not entitled to overtime pay:

  • Executives
  • Professionals
  • Administrators

However, Washington state overtime laws do differ from FLSA overtime laws in that, in addition to executives, professionals, and administrative employees, external salespeople are also exempt from overtime pay because these employees often set their own hours. Other Washington state employees who may be exempt from overtime pay include:

  • Independent contractors
  • Some transportation workers
  • Some live-in employees, such as houskeepers or nannies
  • Certain workers in the agriculture or farming industries

Washington State Overtime Lawsuit Consultations

If you work in the state of Washington and believe you may have been illegally denied overtime pay, it is in your best interests to enlist the counsel of an employment lawyer well-versed in Washington state overtime laws to determine whether your rights have been violated. In Washington, there is a two-year statute of limitations on overtime pay lawsuits, which means that plaintiffs in overtime pay lawsuits are eligible to recover unpaid overtime wages for up to two years prior to the date they file their overtime lawsuit claims. To learn more about plaintiff’s rights in Washington state overtime lawsuits, contact an experienced overtime lawyer at Phillips Dayes Law Firm

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