Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Student Union Impact

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Core Competencies: Communications, Human Resource Development, Planning
Originally presented on July 21, 2016
This is the archived version.

Program Description

Program Description

The new FLSA overtime rules for salaried professionals have an impact on how we do our work as student union professionals. In this ACUI Live webinar, we focus on the many different facets of possible impact through the student union lens, specifically exploring possible scenarios and how to make sure your union remains FSLA compliant.

Themes discussed include:

  • How we manage our personal workload 
  • How we manage our employees’ workload and expectations 
  • How to balance morale during this time of transition 
  • Overall impact on budgets 

About the Presenters

Dr. Kim Harrington
Associate Vice President, Human Resources, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ph.D. Educational Psychology, Georgia State University
M.Ed Higher Education/Higher Education Administration, State University of New York at Buffalo
B.A. Psychology, State University of New York at Fredonia


Jeremy Schenk
Executive Director of the Norris University Center, Northwestern University
Ed.D. (ABD) Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Missouri
M.S. College Student Personnel Administration, Illinois State University
B.S. Social Work, Illinois State University

Jeremy Schenk currently serves as the executive director of the Norris University Center at Northwestern University. While completing his Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis from University of Missouri, Schenk started researching attrition specifically in the student affairs professional field. As part of his large research focus on the retention and job satisfaction of entry-level professionals within their first six years, changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act has the potential to have a positive impact on the overall attrition rate of student affairs professionals. Sixty percent of new student affairs professionals leave the profession within their first six years; pay and work life balance are two of the most common factors used as reasons why people leave the profession.

Learning Outcomes

 As a result of attending this program, participants will know about:

• The FLSA and potential impact in student unions
• Strategies to effectively ensure workload and expectations align
• Best practices in managing the transition

As a result of attending this program, participants will be able to:

• Communicate effectively about the FLSA potential impact in their union and in their positio
• Develop strategies to assess the impact of FLSA in their position and in their union
• Measure the budgetary impacts at their institutions


Updated July 31, 2016