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Full-time employees normally work a minimum of 40 hours per week. The university's standard workweek begins 12:01 a.m. Sunday and ends at 12:00 midnight Saturday. Normal work hours are from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Employees in certain areas may work non-standard shifts or workweeks to provide adequate coverage and service to the university community. It is your responsibility to call your supervisor when you expect to be absent or late for work. Check with your supervisor for your department's notification procedures.


Federal law requires university employees, who are classified as non-exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), to be paid one and one-half times their regular rate of pay or receive overtime leave in lieu of overtime pay, for any hours worked over the standard 40-hour workweek. Most A&P faculty members are considered exempt from the FLSA and therefore are not eligible for overtime.

Alternative Work Schedules JMU Policy 1310

Alternative work schedules may be necessary in some instances to provide effective services to the university community. When feasible, the university also tries to provide employees with a work schedule that is flexible enough to allow an opportunity to balance work and other responsibilities. Alternative work schedules must be approved by your supervisor, and may include flextime and less-than-12-month appointments.  

University Closings, Class Cancellations and Exam Postponements Due to Inclement Weather or Emergencies JMU Policy 1309

Decisions to close all non-essential university operations will be made by the Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance. When bad weather or another emergency situation causes the university to open late, close early or be closed for a full day, you will be compensated for the time off. Many employees are considered non-designated  and are not required to work when the university is closed due to inclement weather or other emergency situations. However, to continue to provide services to students, some positions are considered designated and, as a condition of employment, must report to work when the university is officially closed due to inclement weather or other emergency conditions. If you are designated as an essential employee, you will receive compensatory leave for the hours worked during a normally scheduled shift, whether it is an entire shift closing or a partial shift closing.

For information regarding late openings or official closings, please listen to local television and radio stations, visit the JMU website, or call 540-433-5300. Employees can also authorize JMU to provide emergency notifications via text message or voice message to the employee's cell phone through MyMadison.

Outside Employment

Employees wishing to obtain a part-time job in addition to their university position must inform their supervisor. You may not pursue any other employment, business, or profession during the hours you are employed by the university, nor may you engage in any employment which may reflect adversely on the university or the Commonwealth of Virginia or have an adverse impact on the quality of your performance as an employee of the university.


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