Work Hours

Exempt Work Hours

Exempt employees should be assigned a reasonable regular work schedule. The work of employees in exempt positions is not measured solely by the hours worked. Employees in exempt positions are expected to work the hours necessary to complete assignments on a schedule that satisfies the requirements of the job. A full-time commitment typically requires a minimum of 80 hours per biweekly pay period.

Nonexempt Work Hours

The standard full-time workweek extends from 12:01 a.m. Sunday through midnight Saturday, normally consisting of five consecutive days with eight hours per day. At the beginning of employment, the University will designate the number of hours per day, the starting and ending times each day, and the scheduled days during the standard workweek of the employee.    

Overtime and Compensatory Time

Overtime is work performed in excess of a standard scheduled 40-hour full-time workweek. Nonexempt employees are paid on an hourly basis. For overtime, nonexempt staff are paid at the rate of one and one-half times the regular hourly rate for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a standard full-time workweek. When offered, nonexempt staff can choose to be granted compensatory time off in lieu of overtime pay.


  1. An unpaid, duty-free meal break of 30 minutes or one hour is to be provided and scheduled based on operational needs for employees working a workday of six hours or more.
  2. Two duty-free rest periods of 15 minutes each are authorized for each eight-hour workday/shift, appropriate to the needs of the operation and the employees.


Telework is work, agreed upon between the employee and supervisor, that can be performed from an approved off-site location, e.g., an employee’s home or a satellite office, on a regular basis (one or two days per week).