WKU Compensation FAQs
The department reviews the Job Description and supporting data, taking into consideration:
- Scope and level of responsibility within the position’s function
- Level/impact of decision making authority
- Reporting structure within the department
- Comparison to previous written job descriptions or other positions of similar duties within the department or University
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes standards to determine overtime pay. The determination of "exempt" or "non-exempt" is made by the Western Kentucky University Human Resources team in accordance with the established FLSA criteria.
Western Kentucky University is required by law to pay non-exempt staff for all hours worked beyond 40 hours in a work week at the rate of one-and-one-half times their regular hourly wage.
Staff performing exempt work are not covered by the overtime pay provisions of the FLSA and are not eligible to receive overtime pay.
How is an exempt classification identified?
There are multiple key factors and risks to be considered when classifying a position exempt or non-exempt and several categories identified for exempt status. Our HR Compensation team is trained in making the applicable decision for positions at the University.
Salary basis must be at a rate not less than $35,568 annually ($684 per week).
Management decisions such as directing the work of at least two full-time employees and making decisions to hire or fire employees
Non-manual work directly related to the management or general business operations of the University and exercising discretion and independent judgement with respect to the running of the business.
Performance of work requiring advanced knowledge in a field of science or learning acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction.
The following items are not automatic determining factors:
Working with high budget items
Requiring a Bachelor’s Degree
Being paid a salary
Having a title of manager/supervisor/administrator
Having a similar title to other exempt University employees
Making day-to-day decisions
For more information visit the Department of Labor website.
On September 24, 2019, the Department of Labor announced its Final Rule updating overtime regulations. More details can be found here https://www.wku.edu/hr/compensation/2020regulation.php
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