Fair Labor Standards Act FAQ

Human Resources continues to work on analyzing the changes to the overtime rule which increases the salary threshold for a position to be considered exempt from overtime.
As announced, on May 18, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released the final rule increasing the salary threshold from $455 per week to $913 per week for a position to be considered exempt from overtime. 
Employers will need to be in compliance with the new regulations by December 1, 2016.
Positions with a primary responsibility of teaching (including faculty) are not effected by the DOL change.
Human Resources has created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. The FAQ is posted on the Human Resources website main page under Resources.  
Updates will be made to the FAQ as additional information is released and/or determined. 
We ask you continue to direct any questions regarding this DOL change to Employment Services in Human Resources at 7-2280. 

Alumni Reunion Registration Open

Michigan Tech's 2016 Alumni Reunion will take place Thursday August 4 through Saturday August 6. 

Featured groups include the Golden M's (those who graduated 50 plus years ago), and the classes of '66, '76, '86, '91, '96 and '06. Other special alumni group reunions are being planned for Volleyball, Olympic Sports, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology and several Greek organizations.

See the full schedule of events and register here. If a departmental account number is being used to purchase tickets, call the Alumni Relations office at 7-2400 to register.

Event tickets may be picked up at the Alumni Reunion welcome area on the first floor of the Memorial Union Building from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 3 through Friday, August 5.

Career Fair Registration Now Open

Registration for the Fall Career Fair (Sept 27) is now open to companies.

Companies can log into HuskyJOBS to register and students can now see who's coming to recruit.

Any questions can be directed to Career Services.

Memorial Union Ground Floor Closed

Due to construction, the ground floor of the Memorial Union will be closed today and tomorrow (June 6 and 7). For elevator access to the first and second floors, call the Memorial Union Office at 7-2543 for assistance.

Intro to Qigong and Tai Chi Lunch & Learn

WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness invite you to join them for a Lunch & Learn with Darlene Basto, Northstar Qigong and Tai Chi, from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 28 in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A.

Learn more about these ancient Chinese practices and how they can help reduce stress by supporting your circulation, balance and alignment. This is an interactive session; wear comfortable clothing.

Register here. HuskyPAW members may claim 100 bonus points for attending. Bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided. Email Shannon Brodeur with questions.

Cashiering Services Closed for a Portion of Tuesday Morning

Cashiering services will not be available from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow (June 7), due to the annual Enrollment, Marketing, and Communications meeting.

The Student Financial Services Center will remain open if you wish to drop off items during that time for later processing.

Register Now for TRIP

Eligible employees whose family members will take classes at Michigan Tech may be eligible for the Tuition Reduction Incentive Program (TRIP). The program allows approved family members a 50 percent reduction in tuition at Michigan Tech. Applications to the TRIP program must be completed each academic year.

Students who will be enrolling in Fall semester must send their TRIP application to the Benefit Services office no later than July 1 to ensure adequate time for processing. Applications may be faxed to 7-3220, sent by campus mail or delivered in person.

For security purposes, do not email applications. For the policy, eligibility and application, visit Education Benefits. Contact Benefit Services at benefits@mtu.edu or 7-2517 should you have any questions.

Volleyball, Olympic Sports Reunions Set for Aug. 5-7

Michigan Tech Athletics will host reunions for volleyball, as well as the cross country, Nordic skiing and track and field programs Aug. 5 to 7 in Houghton.

The 2016 reunions are part of the greater Michigan Tech Alumni Reunion on campus, which includes numerous activities, tours and open houses.

A full schedule of events and additional details can be found here.

Room blocks for the weekend are available at the following area hotels under Michigan Tech Athletics Alumni:

Country Inn and Suites, Houghton – 487.6700 

Ramada Inn, Hancock – 482.8400 (Reserve by June 12)

Holiday Inn Express, Houghton – 482.1066 (Reserve by June 30)

Questions regarding the 2016 Michigan Tech Athletics Reunions can be emailed to Randy Heinonen or call 7-1604.

For more on Michigan Tech Athletics visit michigantechhuskies.com.

In the News

A new study focused on solar-hybrid energy systems using cogeneration, photovoltaics and battery technology and its potential impact in the Upper Peninsula was picked up by several media outlets including Solar Thermal MagazinePhys.org and e! Science News

The research was conducted by Abhilash Katamneni (CS), Richelle Winkler (SS), Joshua Pearce (ECE/MSE) and Lucia Gauchia (ECE/ME).

On the Road

Steve Patchin, Shelley Farrey, Adam Griffis, Stacey Donnelly and Chris Houston will attend the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Conference in Chicago this week.

NACE is the leading source of information on the employment of the college educated, and forecasts hiring and trends in the job market; tracks starting salaries, recruiting and hiring practices and student attitudes and outcomes; and identifies best practices and benchmarks.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Monday, June 6, 2016

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Department Chair, Chemical Engineering. Apply online. 

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

IT Connect

Try a Password Manager

Last week Michigan Tech IT reminded you that you should create long, unique passwords for every site you visit, and that you should change them often.
However, we also understand that you might worry about forgetting your passwords. That is why we also recommend that you utilize a password manager like LastPass.


When using a password manager, you only need to remember one master password, which will manage and auto-fill all the others. You can find more information on LastPass here.

If you have any questions about password managers, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.


Staff Service Awards luncheon tickets still available

Ticket sales for the Staff Service Recognition Luncheon end on Thursday, June 9.

The annual Staff Council Service Recognition Luncheon will be held at noon, Tuesday, June 14, in the Rosza Center lobby. This year's recognition luncheon will feature a pasta and caesar salad buffet.

Tickets can be purchased at the special reduced price of $7 (cash or check only) from the following locations:

  • Memorial Union/Dining Services Office (MUB 101)
  • Tanya Maki, Human Resources, 214H Lakeshore Center, 7-2282, tanya@mtu.edu
  • Dawn Pichette, UMC, G13 Admin, 7-2354, dmpichet@mtu.edu

Note there is no reserved seating; it is first-come, first-served seating. If you are unable to attend the lunch, join us for the awards presentation beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m. Awards will be presented to more than 150 staff members for their five-year anniversary dates of service to the University and to recent staff retirees. See the list of this year's recipients.

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