Human Resources

Staff Policies

A. Working Hours

5. Overtime

Reed College does not allow employees to work unauthorized overtime. Overtime must be approved in advance by the department supervisor. Overtime will be approved only when the work to be accomplished is considered urgent and can only be accomplished at other than normal work hours.

Overtime is time worked in excess of 40 hours per week, regardless of the employee's regular work schedule. For example, an employee regularly scheduled to work 37.5 hours per week who works 42 hours a week would receive 40 hours of pay at their regular hourly rate and 2 hours of overtime pay at time-and-one-half. Any time worked over 40 hours per week is paid at the rate of time-and-one-half.

Payment of overtime for a non-exempt employee is mandatory and may not be waived or taken as "compensatory time" if the employee has actually worked more than 40 hours in a workweek.  If the employee has used sick leave, vacation, or other paid credits during the week in which he/she works over 40 hours, the employer is not obligated to pay the overtime rate unless the time actually worked exceeds 40 hours. Paid time off does not count toward hours worked.

Exempt employees are not eligible for overtime pay, regardless of the number of hours worked. Overtime work is inherent in their positions.  An exempt employee's pay includes consideration for additional hours the job may demand to meet work deadlines or department objectives.

Bargaining unit employees should refer to their union contract.

last revised: 3/15/2013

last reviewed: 3/15/2013

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