Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

 


Current FLSA Updates

FLSA Update (11-11-2019): 
Timing of Communications to Employees Impacted by the Overtime Regulations

There has been a delay in planned email communications to employees and their supervisors impacted by the January 1, 2020 change in federal overtime regulations. The email notifications have been delayed due to Workday testing the impact of the planned December 29, 2019 effective date. Employees changing from monthly-paid to biweekly-paid due to the new salary threshold for exemption may require manual processing by HROE and Payroll Services to assure correct benefits deductions from their January paychecks.

Although individual notifications have been delayed, departments who are aware of employees changing to biweekly are encouraged to promote registration for informational sessions and FLSA Working Hours workshops that begin on Wednesday, November 13 and are scheduled through December 12. We expect to finalize and distribute communications this week, pending completion of Workday testing and final decisions on procedures. Note that this Workday testing issue does not impact employees who are getting a pay adjustment and remaining monthly-paid. Additional process information is forthcoming for changes to biweekly, effective dates and pay adjustments. If you have any questions, contact Classification and Compensation at 979.845.4170 or hrcomp@tamu.edu for Texas A&M, or hschr@tamu.edu for the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

Reminder: Registration Open for Overtime Regulations Informational Sessions and FLSA Working Hours Workshops

HR Liaisons, as well as supervisors and employees impacted by the new overtime regulations, are encouraged to register for one of the informational sessions and FLSA Working Hours workshops that have been scheduled. Several dates, including sessions this week, are available and open for registration through TrainTraq. These sessions are primarily for employees becoming non-exempt due to the new salary threshold and for managers of those employees becoming non-exempt. The primary learning objective of the FLSA Working Hours workshops is to help employees understand the concepts of working time as defined by federal regulations, so that this is as smooth a transition for them as possible.  The primary learning objectives of the informational session are to gain an understanding of the federal regulation changes, the impact on employees and supervisors and next steps. Both trainings will be held in the Memorial Student Center (MSC) and online via Zoom to accommodate those who are not located on main campus or who otherwise cannot attend in person. Below is the course name and course number for the trainings. Register through TrainTraq.

  • 2114022: Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Working Hours Workshop
  • 2114023: Overtime Regulations Informational Session

Note: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Working Hours Workshop will not count towards the HR Liaison certification.

If you have any questions, contact Classification and Compensation at 979.845.4170 or hrcomp@tamu.edu for Texas A&M, or hschr@tamu.edu for the Texas A&M Health Science Center.


FLSA Update (11-4-2019): 
Reminder and Updates Regarding Fair Labor Standards Act Exemption Status

Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness has emailed each Division a list of employees impacted by the revised salary threshold, as well as options that may be taken to preserve a position’s exemption, as applicable. The deadline for returning the Division list to Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness with final decisions is Tuesday, November 5th at 5:00pm (unless a different deadline was provided to or discussed with your college/division). 

Updated Fair Labor Standards Act FAQs have been added to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) resource page. Questions have been revised and added to encompass the new salary threshold and those impacted by this change. 

Additional information is forthcoming to HR Liaisons related to employee and supervisor communications, the process for Workday to implement changes, and approval documentation. 

Informational sessions and FLSA Working Hours workshops have been scheduled and are open for registration through TrainTraq. Both trainings will be held in the Memorial Student Center (MSC) and online via Zoom to accommodate those who are not located on main campus or who otherwise cannot attend in person. Below is the course name and course number for the trainings. Register through TrainTraq.

  • 2114022: Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Working Hours Workshop
  • 2114023: Overtime Regulations Informational Session

Note: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Working Hours Workshop will not count towards the HR Liaison certification.

If you have any questions, contact Classification and Compensation at 979.845.4170 or hrcomp@tamu.edu for Texas A&M, or hschr@tamu.edu for the Texas A&M Health Science Center.


 

 

Past FLSA Updates

FLSA Update (10-14-2019): 
Update Regarding Fair Labor Standards Act Exemption Status

As announced in the September 30th HR Liaison Network News, Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness are preparing a list of employees impacted by the revised salary threshold. This list will be sent to each Division along with options that may be taken to preserve a position’s exemption, as applicable.  To supplement these notifications, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) resource page will be updated continuously. Informational sessions and FLSA Working Hours workshops are being scheduled and dates will be added to the same link.

Classification and Compensation is reviewing recently submitted new positions and reclassification actions on exempt staff positions in regards to the revised salary threshold. We are notifying departments if we see the proposed salary is below $35,568/year ($684/week or $2,964/month) for exempt staff positions. During this review, we will discuss available options with the department.

If you have any questions, contact Classification and Compensation at 979.845.4170 or hrcomp@tamu.edu for Texas A&M, or hschr@tamu.edu for the Texas A&M Health Science Center.


FLSA Update (9-27-2019): 
Department of Labor Release Finalized Change to Salary Minimum for Exemption

On September 24, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the final rule on revisions to Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations, which increases the salary threshold for exemption from $23,660 ($455/week or $1,971.67/month) to $35,568 ($684/week or $2,964/month).  These changes will be effective on January 1, 2020.  Employees making less than the revised minimum salary threshold on January 1, 2020 will be transitioned to an hourly rate, responsible for entering time and paid on a biweekly schedule and will become eligible for compensatory time or overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek. Some titles are not subject to this new threshold, such as those with a primary duty of teaching. Information regarding this final rule may also be found on the U.S. Department of Labor website.

We are currently conducting an impact analysis based on FY20 positions and salaries and will be communicating additional information in the future to University leaders, HR Liaisons and affected employees. 

If you have any questions, call Classification and Compensation at 979-845-4170 or email at hrcomp@tamu.edu.


FLSA Update (3-25-2019): 
Department of Labor Proposes Change to Salary Minimum for Exemption

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued proposed revisions to Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations.  The proposed changes, announced on March 7, 2019, could have an impact Texas A&M staff positions and overtime eligibility by late 2019 or early 2020. The most significant aspect of the proposed changes is an increase in the exempt employee salary minimum from $455 per week/$23,660 per year to $679 per week/$35,308 per year.  This could have an impact on currently exempt, salaried employees whose pay does not meet the salary minimum.  It could also have an impact on other System-wide Pay Plan positions that were considered under review for exemption status in 2016 when similar regulations were proposed, but not implemented.  Please note that an effective date has not been announced and the proposed salary minimum has not been finalized. Following a 60-day public comment period, the Department of Labor will consider the feedback and before finalizing and publishing the final regulations.

Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness is conducting an initial impact analysis based on the proposed regulations, and will be communicating additional information in the future to University leaders, HR Liaisons and employees.

If you have any questions, call Classification and Compensation at 979-845-4170 or email at hrcomp@tamu.edu.