The Human Resources Office is committed to working strategically to support the University of New England’s core values by anticipating and providing solutions to its changing needs. We deliver quality human resources services that attract, develop, motivate and retain a diverse workforce within an innovative work environment. We achieve results through inter-professional collaboration, exceptional customer service and respect.
Important Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Changes
In May 2016, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which governs the federal minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, was amended. Effective December 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor is increasing the minimum salary threshold for individuals to be exempt from overtime from $455 per week ($23,660 annually) to $913 per week ($47,746 annually). This means that current employees who make less than $913 weekly must be paid for hours worked, plus time and a half for all hours worked “overtime” beyond 40 hours in a workweek. All employers in the United States are required to implement this change and neither the employee nor the employer can waive the requirement.
Employees who do not meet the new salary threshold or specific FLSA determined exemptions will automatically convert to a non-exempt, overtime eligible position and will need to begin tracking and reporting all hours worked. If hours worked exceed 40 in a workweek, overtime will be calculated at 1.5 times their hourly rate. In addition to hourly pay and overtime, non-exempt employees must also take a meal break provided by their employer. This unpaid 30-minute meal break is established based on the number of hours worked.
We would like to emphasize that the new overtime ruling represents a change in payroll processing only and does not impose any adjustment in professional status, job description, or annual pay. Further communication will commence through a number of ways such as live training sessions for employees and managers, the HR webpage and one-on-one meetings. We are providing a variety of information and resources for your reference, however, employees are encouraged to talk to their supervisors or to contact human resources with specific questions.
The Human Resources and Payroll offices will be offering informational training sessions for employees and supervisors regarding the recent changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These sessions are designed to review the FLSA changes, discuss how this will impact those employees that are affected and provide an overview of instructions for reporting time. The supervisor sessions will also provide details on how to assist their employees who are transitioning from salary to hourly status and how to effectively manage these changes
Common Questions Answered
Recognizing the impact the new FLSA regulation changes will have, here are answers to some commonly asked questions.
Employees transitioning from the semi-monthly to bi-weekly pay cycle due to changes in the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) effective 12/1/2016 are eligible to request a cash out of available leave time including vacation, personal and/or floating holiday leave time. A maximum of 32 hours, in whole hour increments, may be cashed out subject to sufficient availability of leave time.
To request a leave time cash out, please complete this form and submit to the Payroll Office no later than Monday, November 14, 2016.
Bi-weekly Time Sheet
Hourly time sheets will be a new process for those affected by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) change. Time sheets are completed according to the Bi-weekly Pay Schedule, signed by the employee and their manager and are forwarded to the Payroll office by the noted due date (typically Monday).
Bi-Weekly Pay Schedule
Know the beginning and ending dates of the payroll period, when times sheets are due and what the pay date will be for each pay cycle.
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