Employee Classification Categories

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All employees are designated as either nonexempt or exempt under state and federal wage and hour laws. The following is intended to help employees understand employment classifications and employees’ employment status and benefit eligibility. These classifications do not guarantee employment for any specified period of time. The right to terminate the employment-at-will relationship at any time is retained by both the employee and the College.


Nonexempt employees are employees whose work is covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). They are NOT exempt from the law’s requirements concerning minimum wage and overtime.


Exempt employees are generally managers or professional, administrative, or technical staff who ARE exempt from the minimum wage and overtime provisions of the FLSA. Exempt employees hold jobs that meet the standards and criteria established under the FLSA by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The College has established the following categories for both nonexempt and exempt employees:

  • Regular, full time: Employees who are not in a temporary status and who are regularly scheduled to work the College’s full-time schedule of 40 hours per week. Generally, these employees are eligible for the full benefits package, subject to the terms, conditions, and limitations of each benefits program.
  • Regular, part time: Employees who are not in a temporary status and who are regularly scheduled to work less than the full-time schedule but at least 20 hours each week. Regular, part-time employees are eligible for some of the benefits offered by the College subject to the terms, conditions, and limitations of each benefits program.
  • Temporary, full time: Employees who are hired as interim replacements to temporarily supplement the workforce or to assist in the completion of a specific project and who are temporarily scheduled to work the College’s full-time schedule for a limited duration. Employment beyond any initially stated period does not in any way imply a change in employment status Temporary workers are not eligible for College benefits unless specifically stated otherwise in College policy or are deemed eligible according to plan documents.
  • Temporary, part time: Employees who are hired as interim replacements to temporarily supplement the workforce or to assist in the completion of a specific project and who are temporarily scheduled to work less than the College’s full-time schedule for a limited duration. Employment beyond any initially stated period does not in any way imply a change in employment status. Temporary workers are not eligible for College benefits unless specifically stated otherwise in College policy or are deemed eligible according to plan documents.
  • Adjunct: Instructors who are hired on a temporary basis, often to teach only a course or two for a single semester or year.


A job description for each position is available on EagleOnline or by contacting Human Resources.


Employee schedules and responsibilities may be adjusted or reassigned in the best interests of the College.


Terms of employment shall be determined by the contract between the employee and the College. All contracts shall clearly state the duration of the period of employment unless otherwise stipulated by Board of Regents' action. Where an employee has no executed contract, that employee shall be an employee at will.