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The U.S. Department of Labor, or DOL, announced changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, on May 17, which will impact millions of salaried employees, including several hundred A&P employees at Auburn University. 

Effective Dec. 1, 2016, the DOL will increase the Minimum Salary Level threshold for positions designated as exempt, from the current threshold of $23,660 to a new threshold of $47,476. Approximately 600 employees at Auburn University will be impacted, as the FLSA designations for their positions will change from exempt to nonexempt. This will result in several changes:   

  • Impacted employees will receive overtime premium (either in the form of premium pay or in compensatory time off) of 1.5 times their hourly rate for hours worked in excess of 40 hours in the designated workweek.

  • To comply with DOL guidelines, impacted employees will be required to keep accurate records of hours worked. Most employees will do this through Kronos, the University’s timekeeping system.

  • Impacted employees will be paid biweekly rather than monthly. Employees who are currently compensated monthly, or 12 times each year, will be compensated every two weeks, or 26 times each year. In the next few weeks, Human Resources will provide additional information to impacted employees regarding how much they will receive per pay period, along with helpful tips on how to budget based on the new pay schedule.

Regarding leave accrual, impacted employees will be "grandfathered" at their current accrual rate. They will also be able to retain their current parking privileges.

Karla McCormick, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, emphasizes that an FLSA classification of exempt or nonexempt does not refer to the value placed on an employee by the University.

"All employees, whether staff, faculty or student, are critical to the operations of the University," she said. "If not for the talent they bring to the campus every day Auburn could not fully realize its local and global vision and mission."

Human Resources will publish additional information in the next few days and weeks regarding the changes and how they will impact the University and our employees.

Questions or comments regarding the FLSA changes can be directed to the following Human Resources team members: