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FLSA Communications

This page contains an archive of all FLSA communications that have been distributed regarding the new regulations, starting with the most recent. 
 

Sent: Thursday, December 15, 2016 10:42am
To: All Managers
From: Human Resources
Subject: FLSA Important Update

On November 22nd, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction to block changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that were intended to take effect December 1, 2016. The changes would have raised the salary threshold for employees considered exempt from overtime from $23,660 to $47,476. The Department of Labor (DOL) appealed the injunction and a federal appeals court decided in favor of expedited review of the FLSA overtime rule injunction as requested by the DOL. However, the overtime rule appeal decision will not occur under the current presidential administration.

Because of the court’s order, the FLSA changes did not go into effect as expected. Wayne State has suspended implementation of all related changes that had been scheduled to go into effect on November 21, 2016 to comply with the December 1 FLSA overtime changes, until the legal challenge is resolved or further guidance is received from the courts. We will continue to monitor the situation. Please click here to read the announcement from the Vice President for Finance and Business Operations, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer and the Vice President and General Counsel.

Individuals who initially were transitioned to FLSA non-exempt status under the anticipated new regulations were returned to exempt status as of November 21, 2016 and will remain so until the legal challenge is resolved. Salary increases to meet the revised threshold were also put on hold, and the all affected employees should have been notified by their manager. During the analysis conducted as part of our efforts to comply with the overtime rule changes, some units identified issues related to equity or competitive pay for some individuals. As always, units have the flexibility to address those situations.

Please reach out to your HR Director or Consultant if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Alicia Pendleton
Associate Vice President
Human Resources

 

Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 3:13pm
To: All Employees
From: Human Resources
Subject: Update Regarding FLSA Changes Coming Soon

Over the last several months, you may have heard about the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and recent changes that were made by the Department of Labor affecting professionals eligible for overtime.

In response to these changes, Wayne State University put together a committee of campus leaders dedicated to evaluating how we currently operate, developing recommendations for implementing the new regulations and addressing the impact on our employees. All recommendations have been approved, and you will start to hear more about what this means for you and those around you over the next month.

Employees will hear from their manager between now and November 11th to discuss upcoming changes and receive additional information and resources. One of these changes will impact all non-exempt employees, requiring them to submit a timesheet moving forward. Stay tuned for more information about this change coming soon from Payroll. 

In the meantime, we encourage you to visit our website to learn more about the FLSA. The website contains a variety of resources, including:

  • The Fair Labor Standards Act Summary
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • FLSA eLearning

If you have additional questions, reach out to your manager or your HR Consultant

Alicia Pendleton
Division of Human Resources

 

Sent: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 3:56pm
To: All Employees & Managers
From: Human Resources
Subject: Preparing for FLSA Overtime Regulation Changes

In May, a communication was released announcing recent changes made by the Department of Labor to overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new regulations raised the salary threshold for employees considered exempt from overtime and will become effective on December 1, 2016. 

Since then, Wayne State has been working diligently to prepare for the impact of these regulations. A project committee and associated workgroups are actively conducting an assessment and will be proposing recommendations on changes that will need to be made in order to comply with regulations. We have also added information to our website that will help employees and managers understand more about the FLSA regulations, where we are at today, and what is coming next. To learn more, visit http://hr.wayne.edu/flsa.

FLSA compliance decisions will be communicated in October via email and on the website. In the meantime, please reach out to your HR Consultant with any questions. 

Thank you for your continued dedication to all that we do here at Wayne State. 

Alicia Pendleton
Associate Vice President
Division of Human Resources

 

Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 5:54pm
To: All Employees & Managers
From: Human Resources
Subject: New Overtime Rules Announced


Today, the Department of Labor released its final regulations making changes to the overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new regulations raise the salary threshold for employees considered exempt from overtime from $23,660 to $47,464. The new regulations will become effective on December 1, 2016. The University is currently assessing the impact of the new rules on Wayne State University and will be developing and implementing strategies to address the new rules over the next several months. As decisions are made we will keep the university community informed. Wayne State University employees are critical to the success of our mission and to our future. We are grateful for all that you do.

Thank you,
Alicia Pendleton,
Associate Vice President
Division of Human Resources