Time is money — employers shouldn’t just get both.
More and more of us are working more and more hours — but we’re not getting paid for it. Our overtime laws are so out of date that all your employer has to do is pay you a salary and claim the nature of your job makes you “exempt” from overtime... and then they don't have to pay you an extra dime if you work more than 40 hours in a week.
The good news is that the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is working on new rules that could restore overtime protections for hundreds of thousands of salaried workers. We are urging the state to ensure that any worker paid less than three times the minimum wage (about $75,000/year) gets time and a half when they work more than 40 hours — regardless of whether they’re classified as hourly or salaried, and no matter what fancy title their boss gives them. Read our stories to hear why — and then sign on to restore overtime rights.