November 27, 2022

Volume XII, Number 331

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Washington State Announces 2023 Minimum Wage Rate and Salary Thresholds

The 2023 minimum wage rate in Washington State will increase to $15.74 per hour for employees sixteen years of age and older, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries announced on September 30, 2022. This increase represents an increase of $1.25 per hour, or an 8.66 percent increase year over year. Employees aged 14 to 15 years old must earn at least $13.38 per hour in 2023.

Given the steep increase in the minimum wage, the state’s salary requirements for exempt employees are also increasing significantly. In 2023, small employers (one to no more than fifty employees) must pay exempt employees 1.75 times the minimum wage, meaning that exempt employees of small employers must earn at least $1,101.80 per week ($57,293.60 per year) to meet the minimum salary requirement to be exempt from overtime requirements.

Large employers (fifty-one or more employees) must pay exempt employees at least two times the minimum wage to meet the minimum salary requirements. In 2023, large employers must pay exempt employees at least $1,259.20 per week ($65,478.40 per year) to meet the state’s minimum salary requirement to be exempt from overtime requirements.

Exempt computer professionals who are paid on an hourly versus salary basis must earn at least $55.09 per hour (3.5 times the minimum wage).

© 2022, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 277
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Adam Pankratz, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Litigation Attorney
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Mr. Pankratz represents corporations and management in a myriad of employment-related and complex commercial matters, including litigation involving discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage and hour, wrongful termination, ADA and FMLA leave issues, and other matters in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Mr. Pankratz has experience successfully representing employers in executive termination, non-compete and unfair competition disputes.  Mr. Pankratz has extensive experience representing employers both locally and nationally on various employment...

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Brenda L. Bannon Employment Attorney Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart Seattle, WA
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Brenda Bannon is of counsel in the Seattle office of Ogletree Deakins and joined the firm in March 2019. Ms. Bannon’s practice has emphasized the defense of municipal and other governmental clients in state and federal court litigation, in addition to providing routine employment law advice and counsel to local agencies’ Human Resources professionals.  Her practice extends to private sector clients.

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Kathryn P. Fletcher Attorney Litigation Employment Ogletree Deakins Seattle
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Ms. Fletcher represents employers in all aspects of employment claims and litigation in federal and state courts, at arbitration, mediation, and before administrative agencies, including matters involving wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, disability and religious accommodation, retaliation, wage and hour, and breach of contract claims. She has successfully defended cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Washington State Court of Appeals.

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