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Washington Exempt Personnel: What you need to know

Washington law requires that covered employers pay nonexempt employees overtime in the amount of 11/2 times the employee's regular pay rate for hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek. Washington does not require that overtime be paid for hours worked in excess of 8 per day or on weekends or holidays (WA Stat. Sec. 49.46.130).
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Under Washington state wage and hour laws, individuals employed in a bona fide administrative, executive, or professional capacity and who pass the salary level test are exempt from the overtime provisions of the law. When deciding between state and federal law, an employer must apply the law most protective to the employee.
For exemption, an employee must pass three tests:
• Salary Level Test
• Salary Basis Test
• Duties Test
Salary. Exempt white-collar employees must perform certain types of work, and they must generally be paid on a salary basis and receive a minimum salary. To qualify as a salaried employee, an employee must be paid a predetermined amount each pay period. The amount paid may not be reduced because of a variation in the quality or quantity of the work performed. With limited exceptions, the employee must receive his or her full salary for any week in which he or she performs any work, without regard to the number of days or hours worked. However, the employee need not be paid for any workweek in which he or she performs no work. Administrative and professional employees may be paid on a fee basis, rather than a salary basis, and still qualify for exemption as long as the fee payment meets the minimum salary threshold.
Duties. In addition to passing the salary level and salary basis tests, employees must perform certain duties in order to be classified as ...

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