Federal law requires that non-exempt employees earn overtime (time and a half) when they work more than forty (40) hours in a work week. However, Ball State is more generous than the federal law requires and we pay overtime if an employee reports more than forty (40) hours of straight time in a work week. The work week at Ball State University starts on Sunday and ends on Saturday.
If an employee works more than eight (8) hours in a day, s/he does not earn overtime. It is only when the employee reports more than forty (40) in a work week that s/he earns overtime. For example, a staff employee works ten (10) hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but does not work on Friday, s/he will not earn overtime. If this same employee reports to work on Friday and works for four (4) hours, s/he will earn four (4) hours of overtime.
If an employee works Monday for ten (10) hours, works eight (8) hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and uses eight (8) hours of vacation on Friday, s/he will earn two (2) hours of overtime. A strict application of the federal law requires that we pay the employee thirty-four (34) hours of work time, and eight (8) hours of vacation for a total of forty-two (42) hours of straight time, with no overtime owed. Nevertheless, Ball State still pays the two (2) hours at the overtime rate.