Individual Provider Overtime, Travel Time, and Work Week Limits

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IPs must not work more than their assigned work week limit and also must not work more client hours than are assigned to them in a month.

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For IPs with a WWL of 40

For IPs with a WWL of 40.25 and above (40.25-65 WWL) ADVANCED:

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History and Background

On April 1, 2016 DSHS began calculating overtime pay for Individual Providers (IPs), for hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a work week beginning the week of April 3, 2016.

In addition, DSHS began paying IPs for qualified travel time. Travel time is time spent by an IP traveling between qualified worksites in the same workday using a reasonable method of travel. Travel time is considered work time and will be paid.

On April 18, 2016, Governor Inslee signed Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1725 into law. The limits are defined in RCW 74.39A.270(5)(b)(i).

The law includes limits on the number of hours the department may pay any single individual provider in a work week. This limit is called a Work Week Limit (WWL)

Most IPs have a WWL of 40 hours.  An IP’s WWL may be greater than 40 hours if the average number of weekly service hours worked in January of 2016 was greater than 40. IPs who worked in January of 2016 and IPs who were working in April, 2016 were notified in May, 2016 by a letter from DSHS about the new overtime limitations and their specific WWL.

The passage of Substitute Senate Bill 6199 in the 2018 legislative session removed the requirement that individual providers with work week limits between 60.25 and 65 be permanently reduced to 60.