Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

As of January 1, 2020 the Department of Labor raised the FLSA’s salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay from $23,660 to $35,568.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal law, which establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping, and youth employment standards. It affects full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments.

Exempt vs Non-Exempt Employees

Determining a job’s FLSA designation

Second Job for the Same Employer

An employee working more than one job for the university

Business Travel

A nonexempt employee travels on University business.
Note: Definitions for bolded words are linked below.

If an employee whose position is designated as nonexempt travels on University business, he or she will need to keep track of his or her working hours to comply with FLSA guidelines:

  • Any time spent while in Travel Status where the impacted employee is performing Principal Activities or related Incidental Activities is accounted for as Working Travel Time, whether or not on a Regular Working Day, and regardless of the time of day those activities are being performed.
  • All time spent in Travel Status that coincides with Regular Working Hours, whether or not it occurs on a Regular Working Day, less the normal Home to Work Travel Time, is accounted for as Working Travel Time.
  • Time spent while in Travel Status which does not coincide with Regular Working Hours will be accounted for according to the type of trip — Day or Away:
  • Day
    • As a driver or a passenger: All time spent less the normal Home to Work Travel is accounted for as Working Travel Time.
  • Away
    • As a driver: All time spent while driving, less the normal Home to Work Travel, is accounted for as Working Travel Time
    • As a passenger: Not all time spent as a passenger is considered Working Travel Time. Links to forms that can help you determine what is considered Working Travel Time are available below:

Definitions for Administering University Staff (Nonexempt) Business Travel