Egads! Another one I don't know: What is FT "exempt" vs. "non-exempt?"

Nurses General Nursing


I just saw a couple of posings at a hospital. The position is full-time "exempt" or full-time "non-exempt" RN positions. WTH does that mean? Aargh!

I am learning that I don't know doodly about job titles, apparently. LOL!


Nevermind. I found the answer, and here it is just in case some of you don't know either:

"The terms come from a body of legislation called the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA was written to protect workers from being required to work long hours without extra compensation. It was also designed to provide an incentive for employers to hire additional workers. At the time the legislation was written, it was cheaper to hire more workers than to pay the overtime wages to fewer workers.

ablbull1.gifEmployees who work in non-exempt positions are not exempt from the overtime pay requirements of the FLSA. They keep records of the specific times they work so that they are paid overtime when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek. Overtime is paid at 1.5 times the employee's hourly rate.

ablbull1.gifEmployees in exempt positions do not receive overtime pay no matter how many hours they work in a workweek. Since they don't receive overtime pay, there is no need for them to keep records of the specific hours they work."

So basically, it's the difference between being salaried (exempt) or hourly (non-exempt). Why don't they just say that? LOL!

Specializes in pediatrics, public health.

Most of the time, at least in my experience, "non-exempt" also means it is a position in which you are represented by the union, "exempt" means it is a non-union position.

Ooh, thanks! That's good to know! :)

So basically, it's the difference between being salaried (exempt) or hourly (non-exempt). Why don't they just say that?

There are employers that classify certain salaried jobs as exempt when, under the FLSA, those jobs should be classified as non-exempt. Not only will the company pay a salary and classify the job as exempt, but often times they will also label the job title as some sort of "manager" in an attempt to hoodwink the employee into believing that they don't qualify for overtime pay. More of those cases are ending up in court and being ruled in favor of the employee.

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

exempt employees may not have to work the full 40 hours either. In my case, I can leave when my work is done.

This is totally off topic....but I thought I was the only one who said 'Egads'!!! Too funny....!!!

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