Wednesday, September 21, 2016

We have over 400 staff affected

By the new overtime rules. But I've been proud of how we've treated the folks moving from exempt to non-exempt. Those who find their status changed will continue to earn two vacation days; their replacements (and all other non-exempt hires after December 1) will earn one, like all other non-exempt employees. And we won't pay much overtime but will use comp time instead. What will really be interesting is the impact on admission counselors. If they have a distant college fair on a Monday morning and have to drive Sunday night--they're on the clock. But if there are several in the car, only the one driving is being paid. I think. From The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Colleges are worried about how to cover the costs of overtime pay that dozens of coaches, counselors, and other employees may soon become entitled to under a new federal rule designed to ensure they're paid equitably. 
The new law, a change to the Fair Labor Standards Act that takes effect in December, makes more full-time salaried employees eligible for overtime pay. Those employees who earn up to $47,000 per year will be eligible for extra pay for work over 40 hours a week; now only those who earn up to $23,000 per year are. 
Colleges are scrambling to sort out who on their campuses will become eligible for overtime pay and how to budget for the increased costs. Any employee whose primary responsibility can be defined as teaching is exempt, but determining that can be complicated. Many of the people likely to fall under the new threshold have a lot of contact with students and work long, often sporadic hours: student-life coordinators, residence-hall directors, athletics staff members, admissions counselors. Administrators are grappling with how to effectively serve students if they need to reduce the hours of some employees who help them. 
Administrators agree that an update to the rule was overdue. While living costs have risen, the salary threshold hadn’t been changed since 2004. But many observers expected a gradual increase. "Doubling it in one step shocked a lot of people," says Scott M. Fitzgerald, director of human resources at Otterbein University.

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