Taking the minimum wage for overtime exemption to a completely new level, the state of Washington adopted an overtime exemption threshold of over $83,000. With the endorsement of Governor Jay Inslee, the state Department of Labor and Industries finalized rules phasing in the new threshold by 2028. Washington State is one of a handful of states that have adopted their own overtime regulations – California, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Colorado and Massachusetts also have their own rules on overtime requirements. The Washington threshold ties to the current state minimum wage of $13.50 (or $540/week) with an initial multiplier of 1.25 yielding a 2020 threshold of $675/week, however, the federal standard is $684/week effective January 1, so the federal standard will apply initially until the state level exceeds the federal. The multiplier will rise over the phase-in period, topping out and remaining at 2.5 in 2028 and beyond and the phase-in schedule for employers with 50 or more employees differs from that for those with up to 50 employees, but both reach the same amount in 2028. The Washington minimum wage is tied to the CPI and adjusts annually, so the threshold for 2021 and beyond cannot yet be calculated in real dollars.