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Human Resources

Human Resources

FLSA Changes 2016 

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), raising the salary threshold required to qualify for exemption from overtime to $47,476 per year, an increase from $23,660 per year.  

  • For FGCU, using conversion factor of 26.1 to annual salary, this translates to a change from $455 per week ($23,751 annually) to $913 per week ($47,659 annually). 

The new rule changes the federal guidelines for overtime pay requirements under FLSA for higher education institutions along with all other organizations. This is a significant change with which all employers, including Florida Gulf Coast University, must comply. This new rule is expected to impact an estimated 200 FGCU staff members, transitioning them from exempt status to non-exempt status (i.e. biweekly paid and overtime eligible). This FLSA rule change does not apply to faculty, but it does affect some academic staff.

Here are a few quick facts about the new rule:

• The new minimum salary threshold to be eligible for overtime pay has been set at $47,476 per year. The current threshold is $23,660 annually. This means employees paid up to $47,476 will be eligible for overtime pay.

• Employers will need to be in compliance with the new regulations by December 1, 2016.


Florida Gulf Coast University’s Human Resources department has been following the DOL proposal for quite some time and is meeting with each deans, department heads, and other campus administrators to discuss the impact in their areas.

As with most federal regulations, it will take time to fully understand the impact of this rule. So while it’s too soon to talk about specific impacts to individual positions within units, Human Resources will be meeting with college and department leaders and sharing information as it relates to their units.


The federal government has set the effective date of the final rule for December 1, 2016; however, Florida Gulf Coast University’s actual implementation date will start with the start of the pay period, November 20th.

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Updates will be communicated via email, campus presentations, departmental meetings, and this website. Impacted employees have been notified by their manager.

Please check back for more updates.  -Updated Nov 23, 2016.





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