Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) has approved a change in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) effective January 1, 2020.  The revised rule increases the minimum salary threshold for overtime-exempt employees from the currently enforced level of $455 per week (equivalent to $23,660 per year for a full-year worker) to $684 per week (equivalent to $35,568 per year for a full-year worker.)

All non-faculty, non-student academic appointees (new hires and current appointees) who earn less than $684/week ($35,568/year) will be classified in non-exempt status and continue to report hours worked and be subject to the DOL overtime regulation.

To facilitate the determination of whether these academic appointees meet the weekly earning threshold, we have created applicable salary tables for appointments in these job codes to remain FLSA exempt.  As this policy decision affects several groups of employees, the following implementation guidelines and timetable is provided below.

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When to take Action?

The table below applies to the following titles:

  • Specialists (Job Codes 003329, 003320/003321, 003310/003311, 003300/003301)
  • Project Scientist (Job Codes 003394/003494, 003392/003492, 003390/003490)
  • Project Scientist BEE (Job Codes 003395/003495, 003393/003493, 003391/003491)
  • Professional Researcher (Job Codes 003220/003190, 003210/003180, 003200/003170)
  • Professional Researcher BEE (Job Codes 001989/001999, 001988/001998, 001987/001997)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar (Job Code 003255)
  • Academic Coordinator AY (Job Codes)
  • Academic Coordinator FY (Job Codes)
  • Recall Non-Faculty Academic (Job Codes 003802/003812)
Effective DateType of ActionFLSA StatusPay CycleProvide Notice of Change in FLSA and Pay Cycle?
On, and after, January 1, 2020Appointments and Reappointments in applicable title codes with earning LESS THAN $684/wkNon-exemptBi-WeeklyYes
On, and after, January 1, 2020New Hire with appointment percentage with earning at least or greater than $684/wk ExemptMonthlyNo
On, and after, January 1, 2020Change in appointment % with earning LESS THAN $684/wkNon-exemptBi-WeeklyYes

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