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July 5, 1996

Hearings set on revised rule for work uniforms

TUMWATER - The Department of Labor & Industries will hold public hearings in early August on proposed changes to the Washington Administrative code (WAC) regarding who pays the cost of employee uniforms.

The revised rule will require employers to furnish and maintain any distinctive clothing they require employees to wear when the cost reduces the employee's wage or overtime compensation below the state minimum wage.

A requirement that employees wear a specific color (including black or white) or style of clothing or a specific logo is subject to the rule. The revised rule retains the exception for clothing that is "usually and customarily" worn outside of employment if the employee is allowed a choice of style and color.

The proposed changes, scheduled for adoption Nov. 20, 1996, with a Dec. 31, 1996, effective date, would clarify the language of L&I's existing rule by deleting one section and revising another to promote greater understanding and consistency in its application in accordance with the regulatory reform mandate of the Legislature.

The hearings will be held:

Aug. 6, 1996 - 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Department of Labor & Industries Auditorium 7273 Linderson Way
Tumwater

Aug. 8, 1996 - 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Spokane Count Public Works Building
Commissioner's Assembly Room
1026 West Broadway
Spokane

The agency also will accept written comments until Aug. 15, 1996. Send them to:

Greg Mowat, Program Manager
Employment Standards
P.O. Box 44510
Olympia, WA 98504-4510

Written comments of 10 pages or less may be faxed to 360-902-5300.

To obtain a copy of the proposed changes, write to the above address or call 360-902-5317 or 1-800- 423-7233.

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