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University Closure

Most University of Arizona departments close or reduce operations between Christmas and New Year’s Day. In the interest of greater consistency, we are standardizing our approach to managing time during this period.

2017 UA Minimum Wage Increase

You may know that most Arizona employers are increasing their minimum wage as a result of the recent passage of the Arizona Minimum Wage and Paid Time Off Initiative (Proposition 206). As a state agency, the University of Arizona is exempt from the new regulation, however we believe increasing compensation gives us a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining a quality workforce.

While we are committed to raising our minimum wage, we want to do so thoughtfully and strategically. Therefore we will raise our minimum wage from $8.05 to $10.00 per hour effective July 3, 2017. We believe this is a fiscally responsible approach that will give us time to build the increase into our FY18 budgets and planning.

Details about the minimum wage increase follow.

Changes to FLSA implementation due to recent nationwide injunction

On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, a U.S. District Court judge issued a preliminary, nation-wide injunction halting implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s new overtime rule. While that injunction is considered preliminary, it is indefinite in duration.  As a result, the University of Arizona (UA) is adjusting its scheduled implementation of FLSA regulation changes.  Individuals who were transitioned to non-exempt status effective November 21, 2016 will be transitioned back to exempt status effective December 5, 2016. All affected employees will receive a notification when the change has been processed.

Details and important information you need to know about this change follows.

Preliminary injunction on FLSA – what to do now

On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, a U.S. District Court judge issued a preliminary injunction halting implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)'s new overtime rule. This news came as a significant surprise to many external analysts as well as those of us at the University of Arizona (UA) who have followed this closely and planned for implementation in time for the DOL's December 1, 2016 effective date. The FLSA task force is working quickly to determine appropriate next steps. As soon as we are able to ascertain more information about the anticipated duration of the injunction and consult with ABOR and peer institutions for consistency, further guidance will be shared.

UPDATE: Judge Issues Injunction Postponing Effective Date of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Overtime Rules

Today, November 22, 2016, a U.S. District Court judge from Texas issued a preliminary injunction postponing the effective date of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s overtime rule. The judge issued the injunction in response to a legal challenge brought by a coalition of more than 50 business groups and 21 state attorneys general. The rule was scheduled to go into effect on December 1.

The UA FLSA Taskforce will issue a communication to the University community soon with more information.