Changes in federal law to affect some employees at Willamette

The Department of Labor is increasing the minimum requirement for exempt employees.

Effective December 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor is increasing the minimum salary requirement for employees to be “exempt” from overtime pay from $455 to $913 weekly (which is equivalent to an annual salary of $47,476). This means that current employees who make less than $913 weekly must be paid an hourly wage for hours worked, plus time and a half for all hours worked “overtime” beyond 40 hours in a week.

The change does not impact employees whose primary duty is teaching.

All employers are required by law to implement this change – and neither the employee nor the employer can waive the requirement. Job titles do not determine whether or not an employee is paid hourly.

Employees impacted by this change have been contacted by their supervisors.

Human Resources wants to help make this change as smooth as possible for employees. Below are resources for more information.

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