Please Plan to Attend Upcoming Meetings Regarding FLSA Changes

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

You may have read about the changes made in the recent Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) ruling, a federal law that establishes minimum wage, overtime pay eligibility, record keeping and child labor standards. The law affects full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in federal, state and local governments, including Valencia.

The new ruling, effective Thursday, December 1, 2016, increases the minimum payment required to qualify as an exempt employee (or salaried employee who is not eligible for overtime pay) from $455 a week ($23,660 a year) to $913 a week ($47,476 a year). Thus, starting Thursday, December 1, 2016, employees must earn at least $47,476 a year and meet the exemption criteria established by the Department of Labor to be considered exempt.

At this time, we estimate that approximately 300 employees who are currently in positions considered exempt may no longer meet the test for exemption and may become non-exempt.

In order to share information about the College’s plan for compliance, a series of open forums, entitled Total Rewards Meetings, will be held on each campus in September 2016. At each of the forums, I will communicate these changes to educate all employees on what the FLSA changes mean and the impacts these changes will likely have at Valencia, including policy-level implications.FLSA-Changes-grovePlease mark your calendar and plan to attend the session best for your schedule. In order to maintain continued support for our students and colleagues, employees should coordinate attendance at these sessions with their supervisor.

Be sure to visit the Valencia EDGE to register for a session; however, walk-ins are welcomed.

To register:

  • Log in to Atlas.
  • Click on the Employees tab.
  • Click on the Access Valencia EDGE graphic in the My Development Channel. A new window will open.
  • In the right-hand corner, search for “Total Rewards Meetings” in the search box.
  • Click on the Request button to register for the training that fits your schedule and location.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at or extension 8255. You may also contact Mary Beth Clifton, assistant vice president, total rewards and workforce planning, at or extension 8263 or Laurie Youngman, director, compensation and workforce planning, at or extension 8116.

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