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Washington High Court: Piece-Rate Workers Must Receive Pay For Rest Breaks

(August 10, 2015, 1:22 PM EDT) -- OLYMPIA, Wash. — Workers who are paid by the piece rather than the hour must receive separate pay, either the applicable minimum wage or the employee’s regular rate (whichever is greater) for rest breaks, the en banc Washington Supreme Court ruled July 16, answering two questions certified to it in a lawsuit brought by a class of farm workers (Ana Lopez Demetrio, et al. v. Sakuma Brothers Farms, Inc., No. 90932-6, Wash. Sup.; 2015 Wash. LEXIS 807).

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