What Is The Difference Between State And Federal Minimum Wage?

Most Washington employers are subject to both federal and state minimum wage and overtime laws. The effect of this dual coverage is that the employer must follow the higher standard, meaning the one most beneficial to the employee, when there are differing requirements in the laws. For example, since state law currently requires a higher minimum wage rate than federal, all Washington employers must pay the state rate. Exception: State minimum wage does not apply to work performed on federal land.

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