This policy applies to College employees classified as non-exempt from the overtime requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that non-exempt personnel be compensated for all hours actually worked, as described below, and that the College keep records of their working hours.
Each non-exempt member of the professional staff is required to complete an online time sheet each pay period. All actual working hours must be recorded on time sheets. Payment is made for 15 minute increments of work. Time sheets must be approved by the individual's supervisor or academic department chair, and then submitted, through an online process, to the Business Office each pay period. Please see “Recording of Work Hours on Time Sheets” below for more information.
All additional work hours (those over and above normal weekly scheduled hours) and overtime hours (hours over 40) must be approved by the employee's supervisor before any extra hours are worked. This includes any additional or overtime hours worked away from the normal work site, extra hours worked during normal lunch break periods, hours worked before the normal starting time, etc.
The "base" salary of a full-time member of the non-exempt staff equals the staff member’s hourly rate of pay multiplied by his/her regularly scheduled annual work hours (typically either 1,820 for those who work 35 hours per week, or 2,080 for those who work 40 hours per week). Non-exempt personnel are paid every other Friday based on the number of hours they worked during the preceding pay period. Non-exempt staff members typically receive 1/26 their base salary each pay period, unless additional hours – over their normal 35 or 40 per week – are worked, or less hours are worked.
Work hours 1 through 40 in a week are compensated on a "straight time" basis (one time the employee's normal hourly rate). Non-exempt employees who normally work a 35-hour work week will receive their base pay for hours 1 through 35, and one additional hour of pay, at their normal hourly rate, for each hour worked over 35 during one week (hours over 40 are compensated as described below). Those who normally work 40 hours per week receive their base pay for hours 1 through 40 during a week.
An "overtime premium" is paid for all hours worked in excess of 40 in one work week. Hours over 40 in one work week are compensated at the rate of one and one-half times the employee's regular hourly rate of pay for the week. For the purposes of computing overtime, the work week begins at 12:01 a.m. Sunday and ends 168 hours later at 12:00 a.m. the next Sunday. For example, a non-exempt employee who normally works 35 hours per week works 44 hours in one work week. This individual will receive her normal base salary for hours 1 through 35, pay at one times her normal hourly rate for each hour 36 through 40, and pay at one and one-half times her regular rate for hours 41 through 44.
The following will count as “hours worked” for non-exempt employees, solely for the purpose of calculating eligibility for overtime pay; i.e., calculating the number of “work hours” an employee is credited with in a work week.
In addition to the total number of hours an individual actually works, paid absences due to any of the following will count as up to a maximum of 7 or 8 hours per day (based on the staff member's regular number of scheduled daily work hours) solely for purposes of determining total "work hours” for the week:
* Please Note: Non-exempt staff members who do not work on a College holiday will receive pay for their regularly scheduled number of daily hours (typically 7 or 8 hours). They will be paid at one time their normal hourly rate for these hours (“holiday pay”). For purposes of determining whether a staff member worked over 40 hours during one work week, in order to determine eligibility for overtime pay, these “holiday hours” will count as hours worked.
Non-exempt staff who are required by their supervisor to work on a College holiday will receive one hour of pay for each hour actually worked, plus one additional hour of pay (holiday pay), at their normal hourly rate, for each hour worked on the holiday. For purposes of determining whether a non-exempt staff member worked over 40 hours during the work week, in order to determine eligibility for overtime pay, only hours actually worked on the College holiday will count toward total hours worked for the week. The additional hours paid for the holiday (holiday pay) will not count as hours worked when a non-exempt staff member actually works on the holiday.
A schedule re-arrangement may be permitted when a non-exempt employee works more than his/her normal scheduled hours during the week. For example, if an employee who normally works 7 hours per day works 8 hours on Monday, he may reduce his schedule, with his supervisor's permission, to 6 hours on another day during the week. However, if a non-exempt employee works more than 40 hours during one week, she must record the hours over 40 as overtime on her online time sheet and will receive the applicable overtime premium. The employee may, with her supervisor's permission, take an hour and a half of unpaid time off work at a later date.
If a non-exempt employee must be "on-call" on College premises, hours on-call must be recorded on the employee's time sheet. A non-exempt employee who is required to be on-call but whose activities are not restricted (i.e., may serve on-call while at home, is permitted to carry a pager, or is permitted to leave a message where he/she can be reached) should record on time sheets only time actually spent responding to a call.
Franklin & Marshall College intends to abide by all applicable wage and hour regulations. A member of the faculty or professional staff who feels he/she has not been paid correctly is to promptly notify the Assistant Director or the Director, Human Resources, 291-3995. Routine questions regarding pay, taxes, or standard deductions may be directed to the Payroll Coordinator, 291-3928.
Student workers are to promptly report errors in pay to the Office of Financial Aid, 291-3991, or to the Student Payroll Clerk, 291-4211.
Please contact the Payroll Coordinator, 291-3928 with questions about completing time sheets.
Policy Maintained by: Human Resources, Director
Last Reviewed: August 12, 2014