Overtime work may be required from time to time, and in some areas, overtime may be required regularly. The department supervisor must authorize in advance all overtime work by hourly staff, and, whenever possible, your supervisor is expected to give you advance notice of the need to work overtime.
Under state and federal law, the university must pay each hourly employee overtime wages in the amount of one and one-half times the employee’s regular rate for hours worked in excess of 40 in a work week. Each work-week must be considered separately when determining overtime hours, regardless of the length of the pay period. By law, employees can neither waive their right to be compensated for overtime hours nor agree to a lower overtime rate.
Wittenberg offers a more generous overtime pay policy than required by law. The university’s overtime calculation is based on the number hours you are in “pay status.” In determining your “pay status,” the university includes the actual hours you have worked and your vacation, personal time, and bereavement leave entitlements, but does not include sick leave entitlements.
Hourly staff who work overtime without authorization or whose overtime work is not consistent with their supervisor’s established guidelines may be subject to disciplinary action.