Cedar Springs Public School District
Bylaws & Policies
 

6700 - FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA)

It is the Board of Education’s policy to comply with the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and its implementing regulations. The Board will pay at least the minimum wage required by the FLSA to all covered, non-exempt employees. Non-exempt employees are hourly employees, or salaried employees who do not qualify for a professional, administrative, computer or executive exemption under the FLSA. Teachers are generally exempt, even if they are paid on an hourly basis.

Non-exempt employees who work more than forty (40) hours in a given work week will receive overtime pay in accordance with the FLSA for all hours worked in excess of forty (40).

Non-exempt employees who work overtime without prior approval from the Superintendent or a supervisor may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.

The work week is established as Sunday 12:00 a.m. to Saturday 11:59 p.m.

To the extent that an employee’s individual contract or collective bargaining agreement provides for greater benefits than mandated by the FLSA, the contract or bargaining agreement will be honored.

Notwithstanding the fact that exempt school employees continue to meet the salary basis requirements and are not disqualified from exemption even if the employee’s pay is reduced or the employee is placed on a leave without pay for absences for personal reasons or because of illness or injury of less than one (1) work-day because accrued leave is not used for specific reasons, the Board reserves the right to make deductions from the pay of otherwise exempt employees under the following circumstances:

 A.the employee is absent from work for one (1) or more full days for personal reasons other than sickness or disability

 B.the employee is absent from work for one (1) or more full days due to sickness or disability if the deduction is made in accordance with a bona fide plan, policy or practice of providing compensation for salary lost due to illness

 C.to offset amounts employees receive as jury or witness fees, or for military pay

 D.for unpaid disciplinary suspensions of one (1) or more full days imposed in good faith for workplace conduct rule infractions

 E.for penalties imposed in good faith for infractions of safety rules of major significance

The Board shall also not be required to pay the full salary in the initial or terminal week of employment, or for weeks in which an exempt employee takes unpaid leave under the Family & Medical Leave Act.

The Board recognizes that with limited legally permissible exceptions, no deductions should be taken from the salaries of exempt employees. If an exempt employee believes that an improper deduction has been made to his/her salary, the employee should immediately report this information to his/her immediate supervisor or the Superintendent. Reports of improper deductions will be promptly investigated. If it is determined that an improper deduction has occurred, the employee will be promptly reimbursed for any improper deduction made, and the Board will make a good faith commitment to avoid any recurrence of the error.

Information regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act may be found on the U.S. Department of Labor’s website <www.dol.gov>.

This policy is intended to comply with and explain the employees’ rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act. To the extent there is any conflict, or the policy exceeds the statutory requirements, the statute and its implementing regulations prevail.

29 U.S.C. 201 et seq.
29 C.F.R. Part 541

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