Updated overtime rule impacting 130 MSU employees

Updated overtime rule impacting 130 MSU employees

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - An update to overtime regulations in the United States goes into effect on December 1st.

However, a Texas judge has temporarily blocked the new rule.

The final rule will raise the salary threshold to $47,476 and strengthen overtime protections for salaried workers.

This change will affect 370,000 workers in Texas and 130 employees at Midwestern State University.

Employers have the options of limiting workers' hours to 40 per week, pay them for overtime if they work beyond 40 hours, or raise their salaries above the new threshold. They could also have a combination of the previous choices.

One of the 130 MSU employees experiencing some changes is Anna Daugherty.

"(I've) been here for almost 7 years," Daugherty said.

She is working as the Accountant 3 and was considered exempt before the new guidelines were released.

"I started here as a student assistant during my undergraduate degree and then just kind of stuck with it. (I) fell in love with working with (the business) office and just stayed here ever since" Daugherty said.

Dr. Marilyn Fowle, Vice President for Administration and Finance said task force made up of a broad group of staff on campus and a faculty member was created to review the Fair Labor Standards Act and its implications for the university.

They decided the employees impacted would track their time because most of them were only working 40 hours a week already. But this allows for those working over 40 hours a week to receive compensation time.

Dr. Fowle said there are a few positions that do not afford employees the opportunity to take comp time. Those employees will be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours in one week.

"Other than tracking our time sheets, it won't really affect us. One benefit is that we will actually get credit for working overtime when we do. Because (in) our office, we do have times where we have to work more than 40 hours a week," Daugherty said.

Dr. Fowle said departments all across the board were affected by these new regulations but the university has made the necessary changes to be in line with the law.

Newschannel 6 reached out to Wichita Falls ISD to see if they were facing the same changes. Officials said two people would have been affected. The salaries of those two employees were adjusted to be in line with the new law before the start of this school year.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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