Last week the University of Georgia announced that it would close the gap between the end of a work period and payday from nine to eight days.
This is just one more step in the process of smoothly transitioning from monthly to semiweekly pay for about 3,000 university workers as a rules change takes effect under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, FLSA.
As of Dec. 1, nearly 5 million low- and moderately-paid workers across the country will be eligible for overtime pay, including nearly a third of UGA’s workforce.
As reported in the Athens Banner-Herald, UGA workers eligible for overtime are paid every two weeks, and the paycheck comes nine days after the end of a two-week pay period. Strictly salaried workers get paid at the very end of the pay period.
The changeover, right at the beginning of the Christmas season, meant those workers newly eligible for overtime would also would take less money home in December than they would have before the new overtime rule took effect.
UGA earlier announced a series of other steps designed to help its lowest-paid workers make the transition.
Workers can cash out up to 56 unused vacation hours, can defer parking fees and can get low-paid loans from a federal credit union. They’ll also get paid one day earlier, UGA also announced this week.
“Initially, the first paychecks received after the transition would have been on November 30th (for a partial month) and December 9th (for the first biweekly pay period),” the announcement reads in part.
“However, we have closely examined our procedures for paying biweekly staff and will be able to reduce the 9-day timeframe to 8 days, so that the first biweekly paycheck will be received on December 8th. Going forward, all biweekly staff members will be paid on Thursday instead of Friday.”
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