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Proposed overtime changes could cost BCC $900,000
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Trustees of Barton Community College will learn about the impact of a proposed change in employee overtime by the U.S. Department of Labor during the BCC Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The board will meet at 4 p.m. in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.
According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, employees whose jobs are governed by the FLSA are either “exempt” or “nonexempt.” Nonexempt employees are entitled to overtime pay. Exempt employees are not. Most employees covered by the FLSA are nonexempt.
The Department of Labor proposes to increase the salary level for “exempt” status from $23,660 to $50,440 per year. A final ruling for the proposal is expected in the third or fourth quater of 2016.
According to information trustees will review, Barton has approximately 81 employees that are currently exempt employees that fall below the new salary level threshold. The cost of increasing the salary level of all 81 employees to the new exempt salary level would be approximately $890,000.
Other items on the agenda include: Strategic planning update, faculty council report, board of trustee March retreat agenda, personnel, and approval of a two-year contract to support technology at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility. The contract was discussed at the board study session on Feb. 9.