On-Call Status and Compensation
Date of Current Revision: February 2011
Responsible Officer: Director, Human Resources
To establish a consistent procedure to identify and compensate classified employees who are required by the university to respond to emergency or essential work situations related to their official duties and responsibilities.
This policy is in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (29 U.S.C. 201, et seq.) which outlines specific employment policies including overtime and on-call stipulations.
When a classified employee is called back to work in response to emergency or essential work situations directly related to his/her official duties and responsibilities.
Work that is deemed by a department to be critical enough to justify the employee's extended availability beyond the normal work schedule.
An employee who is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is therefore not required to receive overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek.
An employee who is not exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and therefore must be paid at a rate of time and a half for every hour worked over 40 in a workweek.
A classified employee who is required by his or her supervisor/department to be available to respond to emergency or essential work situations related to his/her official duties and responsibilities shall be considered on-call.
This policy applies to all non-exempt classified employees who are working in a position that requires their availability to be called back to work in response to emergencies or work that is deemed essential, and that is related to official duties and responsibilities. It also applies to the manager of any department with at least one classified employee required to be on on-call status.
The university maintains specific requirements and procedures related to compensation for positions that require on-call status.
Restricted On-call Status
A non-exempt employee is considered in restricted on-call status if the employee is required to remain by a telephone or at a certain location and cannot use his/her personal or non-duty time effectively while on-call. Restricted on-call hours are to be counted as hours worked and compensated accordingly.
Unrestricted On-call Status
A non-exempt employee is considered in unrestricted on-call status if he/she is free to spend non-duty time as he/she chooses. If an employee only has to leave word as to how he/she can be contacted or carry a pager/cell phone, he/she is considered unrestricted and therefore not entitled to compensation.
A non-exempt employee who is called back to work shall be compensated for the hours actually worked or three hours, whichever is more, and in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. Travel time to and from home is not considered hours worked.
Supervisors of classified employees in an on-call status are responsible for strict adherence to this policy.
Directors of departments with employees in on-call status are responsible for regularly monitoring department practices to ensure compliance with this policy.
Sanctions will be commensurate with the severity and/or frequency of the offense and may include termination of employment.
Exempt employees who are on-call or called back to work are not compensated for hours worked nor granted compensatory time.
The authority to interpret this policy rests with the president, and is generally delegated to the Director of Human Resources.
Previous version: March 2009
Approved by the President: November 2002
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