Labor & Industry officials heard several business concerns regarding a possible change in overtime eligibility rules during a meeting this week. Bruce Beckett, WRA’s contract lobbyist, attended the meeting.
Much of the testimony backed Washington Retail Association’s concerns about the state’s consideration of making more employees eligible to receive overtime pay. The Trump administration has received an injunction to block such a change initiated under the Obama administration. L&I was on a schedule to produce a draft of new rules by June 26. But after this week’s hearing, it is exploring holding a meeting early next month to update information including the status of federal overtime rulemaking.
WRA wants L&I to slow down its schedule of meetings on this issue to spend more time getting feedback from businesses. It would be a costly and complicated change that could put Washington’s rules at odds with the federal government. It also could run up costs and threaten the livelihoods of some businesses or discourage hiring along with taking away an employee’s exempt flexibility.
If you have questions or concerns about this issue, please contact Tammie Hetrick, WRA’s Chief Operating Officer, at 360-200-6452 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.