Employment Classifications and Categories

Classifications of Employment

The following terms are used to describe the classification of employees and their employment status:

  • Exempt: Employees not covered by the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA).
  • Nonexempt: Employees covered by the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA) and are entitled to overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week.
  • Regular, Full-time Appointment: A regular, full-time appointment, other than a member of the faculty, occurs when an individual is employed to work as a 1 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) of a 40 hour work week.
  • Other, Part-time Appointment: This part-time appointment, other than a member of the faculty, occurs when an employee is scheduled to work less than 20 hours per week. This does not include individuals employed in a position that requires student status as a condition of employment.
  • Temporary Appointment: A temporary appointment, other than a member of the faculty, occurs when a person is appointed to a position of short duration, intermittent in nature, or in a position where it is impractical to employ an individual on a continuing basis.
  • Student Employee: A student employee is an individual whose association with the College is for the primary purpose of furthering a formal education at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Enrolled students may be appointed to work as a .5 FTE or less during a regular academic semester, and as a 1 FTE during breaks between academic terms when not taking classes.
  • Employment of Minors: The labor laws require all minors between 14 and 16 years of age to obtain a work permit during the school year. A copy of the work permit must be sent to the Payroll Office and to Human Resources before the indvidual may work. A child under age 16 shall not be permitted to work more than 8 hours in any non-school day nor more than 40 hours in any non-school week, nor before 7:00 a.m. nor after 9:00 p.m. During a school term, a child under 16 shall not be employed or permitted to work after 7:00 p.m. on days immediately preceding days when school is in session, nor more than 3 hours a day on school days, nor more than 18 hours a week in school weeks.

Categories of Employment

  • Administrative Council (AC): Senior management level employees of Columbia College who serve on the AC and report directly to the President of the College.
  • Administrative Staff: Employees of Columbia College who serve in an administrative capacity (e.g., Director, Assistant Director, Associate Director level employees, Academic Advisors, etc.).
  • Support Staff: Employees of Columbia College who serve in a support capacity (e.g., Administrative Assistants, Maintenance, Custodial, etc.).