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Fair Labor Standards Act Memo

March 17, 2003

To: Departmental Liaisons
Re: Fair Labor Standards Act

We have raised several questions about the JEQ process, both the changes that they have made and the length of time they are taking. This is an effort to clarify those matters as I understand them.

Pete Ronza, the U's Director of Compensation, has initiated many projects to assure that our compensation policy and procedures meet all laws and regulations. Many of you have already participated in at least one project.

Besides the broad-banding projects which have already affected many employees, there was a project to review positions in the University's V-class category. Now, all JEQ's and requisitions which we slate for positions with an exempt' classification are subject to a much more careful review. The purpose is to assure that we are complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The number of points on a JEQ is no longer the primary indicator of the final classification. If the score suggests that we should look at the position as an exempt position, another step will occur. There will be a review completed by the U's Compensation staff to decide the appropriate FLSA category.

This review will be made of all requisitions coming to our office requesting an exempt classification. Presenting your information in a way that will help the process move will be important as quickly as it has in the past. If you have questions about this, contacting either Mary Cameron or me to work out the issues in advance will be important.

As always, our goal is to try to assure that we meet your staffing needs in the most effective way possible.

Review the documents at http://www.d.umn.edu/umdhr/Policies/flsa/ to gain an understanding of how the exempt / nonexempt' review is used and contact us with any questions.


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