News and Updates
- On November 12, 2016, a population of affected UNM employees moved to a biweekly pay schedule and were classified as nonexempt/hourly. (Those who opted to move their pay schedules in 2017 remain unaffected.)
- On November 22, 2016, an injunction was issued postponing the new overtime rule / salary threshold.
- As of November 26, 2016, UNM employees who moved their pay schedules were considered “exempt” again, but remained on a biweekly pay schedule because a final ruling was expected soon
- January 20, 2017: a new U.S. Presidential Administration is in place with no concrete position on the ruling
Since it appears no decision will be made anytime soon:
- UNM will move employees back to monthly pay as of September 1, 2017.
- On June 8, 2017, Deans, Vice Presidents, and Primary HR Agents were given a report of affected employees to be notified
- On June 13, 2017, affected UNM employees are notified of the September 1, 2017 pay schedule conversion
- Converting pay schedules in September allows for:
- Planning time to adjust bill payment cycles, voluntary deductions, and direct deposit allocations
- Easier benefits deduction calculations
- Only three weeks between checks during the transition
What this means for affected UNM employees:
- Your biweekly pay schedule will end the last day of August
- You will return to a monthly pay schedule as of September 1, 2017
Adjusted pay schedule for affected UNM employees:
- On September 8, 2017, employee is paid on the biweekly schedule of 8/19 – 8/31 (one day fewer than a normal 10-day period).
- NO voluntary deductions collected
- On September 29, 2017, employee is paid on a monthly pay schedule 9/1 – 9/30
See the FLSA Time and Leave Job Aid for details on submitting your time.
A reminder regarding the September change will be sent to affected UNM employees at the beginning of August.
On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) released the final rule on increasing the salary threshold for white-collar exemptions to the federal overtime pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Effective December 1, 2016, the new salary threshold will increase to $913 per week from $455 ($47,476 annually from $23,660) and will be updated every three years starting in 2020. With the new threshold amount finalized, UNM is moving forward in determining the proper exemption status for employees seated at or around the threshold, or in a salary grade in line with the threshold. This means that some employees currently classified as exempt and paid on a monthly, salaried basis will become nonexempt. This change will in no way reflect adversely on the value of an employee’s work or importance of their contributions to UNM. The change is merely to comply with the Department of Labor regulations, as it provides wage and hour protection afforded by the legislation.
Employees determined to be affected by this rule change will be directly notified in October, via a memo from Human Resources, of the changes taking effect in November 2016.
This site contains information that applies to staff employees. For information regarding Research Faculty or Postdoctoral Fellows, see the Office of the Vice President for Research page.