Below youï¿½ll find a few compensation myths listed. You may not have known that these statements arenï¿½t true, and thatï¿½s okay. This article is being written to explain the truth behind the myths.
Myth: If exempt (monthly-paid) staff members are out of the office for more than two hours for activities not related to their work, they should file a Form 33 and take a half-day of sick or vacation time.
The truth: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) tells us that for any kind of leave other than Family Medical Leave, exempt staff in public agencies should not record any absences of less than half a day. Purdue policy complies with this regulation. (C-46)
Myth: When exempt staff members work extra hours, they can take an equal number of hours off on a different day to make up the difference.
The truth: Exempt employees are paid fixed salaries regardless of the hours they work.
Myth: Exempt employees can use ï¿½comp timeï¿½ to cover absences.
The truth: There is no ï¿½comp timeï¿½ for any staff group at Purdue University. Exempt staff may not ï¿½bankï¿½ extra hours worked to cover time taken off later.
Myth: Part-time staff members donï¿½t get holidays.
The truth: All benefits-eligible employees (both exempt and nonexempt) at Purdue University receive holidays.
Myth: If employees see someone working in a job that they think is similar to theirs, their pay should be almost exactly the same as the other personï¿½s pay.
The truth: Pay equity is determined by the interactions of many factors.
If youï¿½ve heard something about compensation and you wonder whether itï¿½s true or just a myth, send an e-mail with the information. Weï¿½ll let you know, and weï¿½ll write another article debunking more compensation myths!
- Compensation Team
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