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Hi everyone,

The subject of this post is OVERTIME - working it and avoiding it.

As your supervisor I cannot condone or schedule overtime. Sometimes circumstances slip out of my hands so I need you to help me prevent you from working overtime.

What is overtime?

Overtime is getting paid 1.5 times your normal wage.

What qualifies as overtime?

Overtime is...
• working more than 8 hours in one day
• working more than 40 hours in one week
• working seven days in a row

Please avoid any of these scenarios!

Let's take an example: if you work in the reference department of the library for 5 hours in the morning, then go to your other job at Koret and work 4 hours in the evening, the last hour of your shift at Koret is overtime.

Who pays overtime?

In the example above, it seems like Koret would pay that 1 hour of overtime to you since that's where you worked the overtime.

However, the department you work that last 1 hour in does not pay the overtime necessarily.

Whichever supervisor approves your time sheet last pays the overtime.

So, for example, if you submitted your timesheet to your supervisor in Koret on time, but forgot to submit you timesheet to me until the day it was due, and therefore I approved it after your supervisor at Koret approved your timesheet, the Reference department would pay that overtime out of its budget.

So, it's not only important to not work overtime to save the University money in general, but also to keep things "fair" or "even" since we're working with a flawed system.

How can you help prevent overtime?

Communication! As long as you let me know about other jobs, your schedule at your other jobs, and switches in those schedules, we will have a good shot at preventing overtime. The rest is up to you: please don't knowingly work more than 8 hours in a day or for 7 days straight (since student workers are limited to working 20 hrs/week, I am not very concerned about that).

Do you have any questions? I'm all ears!


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 4th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
sounds good, thank you for explaining this in detail, I have no questions regarding overtime. This was very informative!
Feb. 4th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Very informative Kelci. Thanks.

Feb. 4th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks Kelci. I'll be sure to follow them.

Feb. 5th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
no questions but good information thanks!

Feb. 8th, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
cool, good to know. so this being said we can't work more than 8 hours a shift right.. or a day? for example, one day a student worker couldn't come in and I was going to take his/her shift but it was about 8-9 hours. The librarians and I were debating whether or not to take the shift. So i could have taken the shift.. but not the WHOLE shift correct?
Feb. 8th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
Hi Lupita,

Good question -- yes you could cover the shift but not for hours totaling more than 8 hours in one day. so in that case above, if you were the only one available to take the shift, you could have worked a total of 8 hours and the remaining hours of the shift you covered would be left open (or covered by someone else).

and hmmm... sounds like the librarians could use a refresher on overtime, too! ;-)
Feb. 8th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks Kelci, I don't have any questions!

Feb. 20th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
I was gonna ask you to let me do an 8hr on Saturday. Guess thats not happening :(

Feb. 20th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
OVER 8 hours is not allowed, so you're good
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