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Employment Terminology and Definitions

Terms & Definitions

Authorized Overtime – Overtime that is authorized by the supervisor.  The supervisor decides when an employee may work overtime.  A process to request the time, or assign the time should be known by all people involved. 

Compensatory Time (Comp Time) – Time off in lieu of pay.  Employer may offer Comp Time, but the employee is not required to take it and may ask for overtime pay instead.

FLSA Summary and Effect on County Staff

Summary of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

  • Government and or Educational Institutions are covered by FLSA.

  • Payment of a salary does not exempt a person from overtime compensation.

  • There are three basic exemptions:

    • Executive – Management and supervision.

    • Administrative – High level of independent judgment and discretion in MATTERS OF SIGNIFICANCE.

Wage-Hour Information

Extra-Hourly Employees (University Paid)

When hiring an extra-hourly employee, the person who will supervise the employee first should consult with Extension Personnel office, 2280 Beardshear Hall, (515) 294-3283, to determine the proper classification and advertising procedures. The Extension Personnel office will then work with the ISU Human Resources Department in order to get the proper paperwork processed to get the new employee into the payroll system.

Employment Forms

Make sure that these employment forms are completed by the supervisor and the employee: