WSHA opposes L&I draft on intermittent rest breaks

January 19, 2017

WSHA, as well as the business community at large, opposes the latest draft policy from the state Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) that essentially eliminates the ability to interrupt a rest break. WSHA has been heavily engaged in the process with L&I. Click here to read WSHA’s comment letter.

The draft policy also introduces new confusing obligations for an employer to provide rest breaks to non-exempt employees. Intermittent rest breaks has long been a standard in our state, and attempts to prohibit this standard for nurses has failed in the legislature for nearly a decade. For the last year, L&I has been working to revise its administrative policy on rest breaks.

Thank you to our members who weighed in with L&I. (Chelene Whiteaker)


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