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WRA comments on proposed overtime rules changes

Chief Operating Officer Tammie Hetrick testified this week to Labor & Industries about its plan to change rules by which workers qualify for overtime pay.

Hetrick asked L&I to slow down and see the results of similar outreach being done by the federal government. In short, contemplated changes would raise the salary threshold for overtime pay that would increase payroll costs for retailers. In other words, more employees would qualify for overtime pay.

Retailers not only are concerned about increased costs. Often, higher costs reduce the ability to hire, train and can threaten layoffs.

Hetrick asked L&I to wait for results from a federal review of overtime rules so that state criteria do not conflict with federal rules. This could result in confusion and harm compliance with any changes in labor law, Hetrick said.

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