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FLSA Overtime Rule Updates

In mid-May, the United States Department of Labor finalized its “overtime rule” amending the white collar exemptions to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The new overtime rule would make employees who earn less than $47,476.00 per year eligible for overtime pay should they work more than 40 hours in a workweek.  All employers will have to comply with the changes made to the overtime regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by Dec. 1, 2016.

Already, some questions have been raised by Canisius employees as to how the new rule will affect their pay, hours and responsibilities at the college. The college’s Human Resources Office and relevant supervisors are currently engaged in a position-by-position review of all affected personnel to determine how the new rule will impact each position.  There are some exceptions to the scope of the new overtime rule that could result in no changes for some personnel.

In some limited cases, there may be increases to base compensation to keep a position exempt. In other cases, the position will need to convert to an hourly position with overtime protections. In these cases, it could include some reallocation of responsibilities but there would be no changes to our current benefit package offerings.

We would urge you to not draw any conclusions about the rule’s applicability to a particular position until the college’s review is complete and announcements can be made regarding our next steps.

Submitted by: Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president, human resources and compliance

June Broadcast of “Crossroads” Now Available

In case you missed it, the June broadcast of “Crossroads” is now available on the Canisius SoundCloud.

Program host Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, interviews Campus Minister Rev. James L. Dugan, SJ, about the Jesuit Institutes of Higher Education in Rome.  Father Dugan worked in Rome for 22 years and will return to work there at the end of summer.

“Crossroads” is a monthly radio program produced by the Network of Religious Communities.  It airs on the first Sunday of each month at 6:00 a.m. on MIX-96 (96.1 FM) and at 6:30 a.m. on JACK-FM (92.9).

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Zoom Webinar Trainings Scheduled for June

zoomCanisius will migrate its web conferencing service from GoToMeeting to Zoom on June 19. Webinar training sessions are scheduled over the next few weeks to assist in this migration. Please try to attend one of the following:

  • Thursday, June 9, 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 15, 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 23, 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 24, 11:00 a.m.

Click here to sign up for one of the webinars on Zoom. Also, please visit the Zoom Wiki for more information or to sign up for Zoom.

Submitted by: Leah MacVie, instructional designer, academic affairs

Google Apps for Faculty and Staff

gafecanisiuslogoThis summer, ITS is provisioning all faculty and staff with a Google Apps for Education account.  If you have created a Google account on your own, using your address, there will be a procedure you need to perform.  Click here to see a description of this procedure.

If you would like to get this process done sooner, Mark Gallimore would be glad to help you do that.  If you haven’t created a Google account on your own using your email address but would like an account that features Google Drive, YouTube or other Google Apps that are linked to your Canisius email, Mark can help with that too!

These resources will be particularly handy to have when attending our upcoming Google Apps for Education Summit on August 4 and 5!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mark Gallimore at

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist