Courts Postpone FLSA Overtime Rule; Valencia Will Move Forward

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A Message from Amy Bosley, Vice President, Organizational Development and Human Resources

Many of you may have heard the news that on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, a U.S. District Court judge from Texas issued a preliminary injunction (or hold) postponing the effective date of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s overtime rule. This was in response to a legal challenge brought by a coalition of businesses and state attorneys general.

As you know, Valencia has been working steadily to implement changes that would bring us in compliance with the DOL’s rule changes on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new regulations, which passed earlier this summer, would have significantly changed the salary threshold required for exempt positions. The change was scheduled to go into effect on Thursday, December 1, 2016.

With the hold on the rule changes in place as the court determines the department’s authority to execute the final rule updates, organizations across the country have a decision to make — move forward with the changes as planned or postpone changes until the final ruling.

As a result of the anticipated FLSA rule updates, many of Valencia’s systems and programs that were in need of updating were changed to be more streamlined and inclusive. We designed a new salary system based in fairness and consistency, updated policies and procedures, simplified overtime processing and implemented a new degree recognition program where all employees are awarded for degrees earned. These recent changes allow us to best serve our employees in an inclusive and fair workplace, as well as set the College up for our future as our community continues to count on us for access to the highest quality higher education experience.

So, for Valencia, we’ve decided to move forward with all of the changes made in response to the initial FLSA regulation updates. Although the College is not legally required to move forward with the changes at this time, we feel it is important to keep the integrity of the system intact and remain committed to fostering an inclusive workplace where all employees are empowered to contribute to student success.

As always, please feel free to share your thoughts, concerns and ideas directly with me at abosley@valenciacollege.edu or extension 8255.

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