UAB & the Fair Labor Standards Act


The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that ensures employees are treated fairly and accurately compensated for their time worked. The FLSA determines the exempt or non-exempt status of jobs, and establishes standards for minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, child labor and nursing mother breaks and facilities. Follow the links below for additional information and resources.

Non-exempt vs. Exempt Status

At UAB, non-exempt employees are paid hourly and receive bi-weekly pay; exempt employees are paid a salary and receive monthly pay. Non-exempt positions are entitled to overtime pay; exempt positions are not. UAB Human Resources is responsible for determining the status for positions at UAB.
  • Supervisors are encouraged to take the online course, Managing Nonexempt Employees According to the FLSA, via the UAB Learning System.

Overtime Pay

FLSA requires UAB to pay non-exempt employees an hourly rate of 1.5 times the employee’s regular hourly rate for any work performed over 40 hours in a UAB workweek. Non-exempt employees should receive approval before working additional time. However, all time worked in excess of 40 hours per week must be compensated at the overtime rate. For more information:

Recordkeeping

FLSA requires UAB to record wages and hours for non-exempt employees. The FLSA does not allow UAB to record hours worked for exempt employees. For more information:

Child Labor

UAB maintains a Class II Child Labor Certificate that allows the employment of minors (under age 18). The minimum age required to work on the UAB campus is 16; the minimum age required to work in the UAB Hospital is 18. The hiring of a minor in any laboratory, patient care or potentially hazardous area should be cleared with UAB Occupational Health & Safety and UAB Human Resources. For more information:

Nursing Mother Breaks

FLSA requires UAB to provide a location and reasonable break time for a mother to express breast milk for her nursing child. The location cannot be a bathroom and must be shielded from view, free of interruptions and readily available to the employee. For more information:
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