On May 11, 2021, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation (SB 5172) that phases out the agricultural overtime exemption from the state’s Minimum Wage Act by 2024. This law will apply to most agricultural employees, except dairy employees, as follows:
- Beginning July 25, 2021 agricultural employees may not work for more than 55 hours in any one workweek unless they are paid one and one-half times their regular rate for all hours worked over 55 in any one workweek.
- Beginning January 1, 2023, this hourly threshold decreases to no more than 48 hours in any one workweek; and
- Beginning January 1, 2024, they may not work more than 40 hours in any one workweek before triggering overtime premiums of one and one-half times their regular pay for all hours worked over 40 in any one workweek.
Additional information on overtime requirements is available on the Department of Labor and Industries website.