The current minimum wage in Washington is $13.50.
The City of Seattle minimum wage is $16.39 for employers with more than 500 workers worldwide. The minimum wage for smaller employers is $15.75. The minimum wage for hospitality and transportation workers is $16.34.
Minimum wage laws in Washington will require an annual review of the wage starting January 1, 2021. The minimum wage must be increased to reflect the cost of living changes from the prior year.
Tipped employees must be paid the standard minimum wage rate.
Washington law requires employers to pay non-exempt employees 1.5 times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. The Fair Labor Standards Act also requires that non-exempt employees be paid 1.5 times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 in the workweek.
The federal overtime rule stipulates that the minimum salary requirement for administrative, professional, and executive exemptions is $684 per week, or $35,568 per year.
Employers must provide adult employees at least one 30-minute meal break for every five consecutive hours worked.
The first meal period must be given at least two hours into each 5-hour work period, and employees must be allowed to take subsequent meal periods sometime after the initial 5 hours of work have been performed.
If employees work at least 3 hours past the time they normally end their shift, they must be provided an additional 30-minute meal period.
Meal periods do not need to be paid if employees are free from work duties, but this does not mean that they must be allowed to leave the premises.
Employers must pay for the meal periods if the employees: Are required to remain on duty; Are required to remain on the premises for the employers’ own interest; Are called back to duty even if they are not normally on call during the break.
If an employee’s meal period is interrupted, the employer must ensure they receive the full 30-minute break.
Employees are allowed to request to waive their meal period if the employer agrees with the request.
Minors 14 and 15 years of age may not be allowed to work more than 4 hours without taking a 30-minute meal break.
Minors 16 and 17 years of age must be provided a 30-minute meal break no less than 2 hours but no more than 5 hours from the beginning of their shift.
Employers are required to provide a paid rest break of at least 10 minutes for every 4 hours worked to adult employees.
The rest break should be scheduled as close to the midpoint of the 4 hours as possible.
Employees must be free of all work duties during the break.
If intermittent rest periods are provided, the scheduled 10-minute breaks are not required.
Minors 14 and 15 years of age must also be allowed to take paid rest breaks of at least 10 minutes for every 2 hours worked.
Minors 16 and 17 years of age must be given rest periods at least every 3 hours.
Employers with 15 or more employees must provide lactating employees with reasonable breaks to express milk for up to two years after the birth of their child.