Federal overtime rule to be implemented Nov. 27

August 16, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a new rule regarding overtime compensation for businesses and organizations of all types, including our System universities, which offer compensatory time. This Federal rule will impact all locations. In summary:

  • The overtime exemption salary threshold increases to $47,476 annually from $23,660 annually.
  • We are in the process of determining the impact to jobs at all locations.
  • The overtime exemption rule will be in effect beginning with the Nov. 27, 2016, pay cycle, which meets the national implementation deadline of Dec. 1.

Human Resources and the Office of General Counsel have formed a task force representing finance, training, IT and communications from all locations to guide how we implement the new rule. Task force meetings are in progress and these areas are being addressed:

  • Identification of impacted positions.
  • Training to help supervisors understand and communicate changes.
  • Necessary technical modifications in record keeping, Payroll and the Employee Information System (EIS).
  • Financial impact and management of budgets for FY17 and beyond.
  • Changes in campus and department cultures.

Beginning in September, we will provide additional information and schedule learning/training sessions for managers and staff. You are welcome to contact Campus HR Teams or the Total Rewards team with questions or comments.


Christopher DeClerk, DM, SHRM-SCP, CCP, GRP Director,
Total Rewards
UNT System Human Resources