HR Support

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.

General Resources

Whether you are newly joining UNE, have been an employee for a while or are a manager you can access some of the most commonly requested forms, resources and information.