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FLSA

There are efforts at the federal level to stop or delay the implementation, including a bill passed Sept. 28 by the U.S. House of Representatives that would delay the Dec. 1 effective date for six months. However, the bill still needs to be passed by the Senate, and if that occurs, it could also be subject to a presidential veto.  In order to be prepared for timely compliance with the rule change, Kent State is proceeding with the Dec. 1 guideline.

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Teachers are exempt from the new FLSA regulations if their primary duty is teaching, instructing, lecturing or tutoring. This includes graduate students whose primary duty is teaching or serving as a teaching assistant.

Certain academic administrative personnel, such as counselors, department heads, and academic advisors are exempt if they are paid at least as much as the starting salary for teachers at their institutions.

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Nationally, the new regulations extend overtime protection to 4.2 million workers who are not currently eligible for overtime under federal law. Specifically, the changes will:

  • Increase the salary threshold below which employees are eligible for overtime from $23,660 a year to $47,476 a year.
  • Automatically increase the salary threshold every three years, beginning Jan. 1, 2020. 
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In 2014 President Obama tasked the DOL to update and modernize the FLSA regulations related to minimum wage and overtime pay. The DOL issued its final regulations on May 18, 2016.

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The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law administered by the Department of Labor (DOL). Among other things, the FLSA establishes minimum wage and overtime pay affecting employees in the private sector and in federal, state and local governments.

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