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When Is Overtime Pay Required Under Washington Law?

Most employees are entitled to be paid time and one­half their regular rate of pay for any time worked over 40 hours in a seven­day workweek. There are some exceptions, however. Agricultural workers are generally exempt from overtime. Executives, administrators, and professionals who are paid on a salary basis are exempt from overtime. (Salaried workers who do not meet the definition of executive, administrative, or professional must be paid overtime in addition to their salary.) Commissioned sales people are covered by special exceptions. Please contact L&I at 360­902­5316 for more information on the exceptions from overtime.

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