Exempt and Non Exempt Status
Exemption status comparison
The Fair Labor Standards Act
establishes overtime provisions for employees. Some positions are exempt
from these regulations, including:
- all faculty
- administrators and service professionals
who earn more than $455 per week
Classified staff positions may be exempt
or non-exempt, depending upon the responsibilities of the positions and the
The FLSA status for most classified staff
positions is recorded on the generic job descriptions.
Exempt employees do not track, earn or receive overtime
compensation for hours worked in excess of 40 per week. These employees are
paid a salary for performing the whole job and not for actual hours
Being exempt from the FLSA generally means that:
- the job requires some flexibility in work hours
to do what is necessary to complete the work
- there are no restrictions on the number of hours
an exempt employee can work in a week, including hours worked outside of normal
University working hours or beyond the normal work schedule
Exempt employees are not required to complete time sheets,
but must complete Request of Absence (ROA) forms to account for time off.
Although exempt employees are not eligible for overtime
compensation or compensatory time off regardless of the number of hours worked,
supervisors may offer flexible time off when exempt employees work an
excessive number of hours.
Non-exempt positions typically include:
- student workers
- graduate assistants
- temporary employees
- some classified staff positions
Non-exempt employees are paid on an hourly basis and must
receive overtime compensation or compensatory time off for any hours physically
worked in excess of 40 hours per work week.
Non-exempt employees must be paid for time worked, even if
they do the work from home and/or indicate they don’t want to be paid for it.
Non-exempt employees cannot donate or volunteer time doing normal or
Every non-exempt employee is required to fill out a
bi-weekly time sheet.