Overtime Quiz: What Do You Know?

{OvertimeOfficeClipArt picture}In March, you may have read our Contract Education article that asked if Rutgers owed you uncompensated overtime.  In the time since that article posted, we were able to recoup thousands of dollars in overtime pay for  members.

Here’s your chance to see how well you know Rutgers’ overtime policy:

  1. Rutgers policy requires overtime eligible (Non-Exempt or “NE”) employees to “just get up and leave” once they have worked their full work-week.  T / F
  1. Once comp time has been earned by an employee, its use must be requested by the employee, and cannot be assigned by the supervisor.  T / F
  1. Once comp time has been earned by an employee, it cannot be forfeited, but must be compensated. T / F
  1. The basic legislation behind overtime is contained in the Fair Labor Standards Act of  a) 1938,  b) 1974,  c) 1985.
  1. URA members’ rights to overtime compensation are contained in Article a) 1,  b) 27,  c) 49 of the URA contract.
  1. URA members have recovered approximately a) $10,000,  b) $90,000,  c) $150,000 in unpaid overtime through the grievance procedure.
  1. URA members who are exempt from overtime (No Limit or “NL”) can use the URA contract to obtain additional help, time off, or a change in duties when the workload becomes excessive.  T / F
  1. The longest recorded response time (thus far) to a department’s RIAS request for authorization to work overtime was:  a) 72 hours,  b) 5 days,  c) 17 days.

If you have questions about your rights to overtime compensation, including back pay, contact your steward, or bring the questions to the next URA membership meeting.  If you have worked uncompensated overtime in the past and want to make a claim for payment, email union@ura-aft.org for a spreadsheet calculator to help you compile your claim.




1. True (source; Office of Labor Relations. This is what the Office of Labor Relations has told to URA representatives. This means that NE staff should leave work unless overtime has already been approved by the supervisor. Working unauthorized overtime can result in discipline, so you should take this seriously. Editor’s Note: Did you ever hear this before?)

2. T (source: UHR training sessions on overtime policy, June 2013)

3. T (source: Fair Labor Standards Act)

4. a) 1938 is correct, but if you picked b, you might have been thinking of the year that Congress extended coverage to virtually all State and local governments; c) 1985 was the year the FLSA was amended to provide use of time-and-a-half compensatory time up to 120 hours for most public employees (source: 29CFR {Code of Federal Regulations} 535.25)

5. a) ‚b) and c) are correct. Article 1 enables us to negotiate over legally negotiable subjects like hours of work. Article 27 of the agreement contains definitions and guarantees overtime rights.  Article 49 of the Agreement enables us to enforce university policy, including Policy 60.3.14 “Overtime/Comp Time for Regularly Appointed Staff”.

6. c) $150,000

7. T (source: URA-Rutgers Agreement, Article 27)

8. 17 days (source: transcript of URA arbitration on July 22, 2013)