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Murray State to ‘Maintain Current Course’ as Court-Blocked FLSA Deadline Nears

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University is not reversing recent human resource changes as the court-blocked FLSA deadline nears. FLSA, or the Fair Labor Standards Act, was set to begin December 1, but a federal judge blocked the rule last week

The changes increased the standard salary level to more than $47,000 dollars. Employees under that threshold become hourly workers. New provisions also strengthen minimum wage and overtime pay protections for those workers.

Murray State Director of Communication Shawn Touney said despite the court ruling, MSU will “maintain the current course of action as position classification and accounting changes went into effect November 12.” He said the university will await the court’s final decision.

Nearly 200 university employees are below the new threshold. While the change primarily affects pay periods it also adds an additional cost for paying overtime to some workers.

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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