Learn about EAP exemptions

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Most employees covered by the Washington Minimum Wage Act (MWA) must be provided a minimum wage (currently $12 per hour), overtime for working above forty hours in a seven-day workweek, and paid sick leave.

The MWA exempts certain kinds of covered employees from its requirements, including bona fide Executive, Administrative, and Professional (“EAP”) workers, as well as Outside Salespersons. These terms are defined by the Director of the Department of Labor & Industries (the department). The EAP exemptions were largely intended to exempt “white collar” workers who often enjoy more economic security and relative bargaining power than lower wage earners.

On December 10, 2019, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) finalized rules which updated the Minimum Wage Act exemptions for executive, administrative, professional, and outside salespersons. A copy of the final rule can be located on the Rulemaking Activity at L&I webpage.

In addition to rulemaking, L&I committed to updating its current administrative policies addressing the exemptions, as well as developing new administrative policies. These policies provide additional interpretive guidance. As they are developed, draft versions of administrative policies will be posted to this page for review and comment by stakeholders.

L&I needs your help on the following EAP policy updates:

EAP Exemptions - Draft Administrative Policies (March 2020)

Previous Stakeholder Engagement:



Most employees covered by the Washington Minimum Wage Act (MWA) must be provided a minimum wage (currently $12 per hour), overtime for working above forty hours in a seven-day workweek, and paid sick leave.

The MWA exempts certain kinds of covered employees from its requirements, including bona fide Executive, Administrative, and Professional (“EAP”) workers, as well as Outside Salespersons. These terms are defined by the Director of the Department of Labor & Industries (the department). The EAP exemptions were largely intended to exempt “white collar” workers who often enjoy more economic security and relative bargaining power than lower wage earners.

On December 10, 2019, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) finalized rules which updated the Minimum Wage Act exemptions for executive, administrative, professional, and outside salespersons. A copy of the final rule can be located on the Rulemaking Activity at L&I webpage.

In addition to rulemaking, L&I committed to updating its current administrative policies addressing the exemptions, as well as developing new administrative policies. These policies provide additional interpretive guidance. As they are developed, draft versions of administrative policies will be posted to this page for review and comment by stakeholders.

L&I needs your help on the following EAP policy updates:

EAP Exemptions - Draft Administrative Policies (March 2020)

Previous Stakeholder Engagement: