Washington Hours of Work laws & HR compliance analysis

Washington Hours of Work: What you need to know

Washington places strict limits on the hours that may be worked by children under the age of 18, especially children of compulsory school age.
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In Washington, a “legal day's work” on any public works project is 10 hours. Contractors may require employees to work a 10-hour day, but only for a 4-day week, unless the employees agree to a longer week (WA Rev. Stat. Sec. 49.28.065).
Domestic labor. Domestics may not be required to work more than 60 hours a week, including time on-call when the employee is not free to follow his or her inclinations. An exception may be made in case of emergencies. Any employer that violates this rule is guilty of a misdemeanor (WA Rev. Stat. Sec. 49.28.080).
Mining. Coal miners working underground may not be required to work more than 8 hours a day except in emergencies or to accommodate weekly changes of shifts. A 10-hour day is permissible for engineers, rope-riders, cagers, and others who transport workers in and out of mines.
Railroad transportation. Railroad workers engaged in the movement of trains must be allowed 10 hours' rest after 12 hours' work, except in emergencies or when a longer day is required in order for the worker to make a connection because of an unavoidable delay of trains. Employees must also be allowed 8 hours' rest if they have been on duty an aggregate of 12 hours in any 24-hour period. Any railroad in violation of these rules is guilty of a misdemeanor and may face a fine of between $100 and $1,000 for each violation (WA Rev. Stat. Sec. 81.40.040).
Waterfront operations. Power equipment operators in waterfront operations must be allowed 8 hours of rest after 121/2 hours of work.
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