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)