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Schools aren’t exempt from wage-and-Hour laws

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Q. At our university, the special-events supervisors must occasionally hire people. We currently don't pay for their time involved in interviewing job candidates. I think we should pay them for that time, but I was told education institutions are exempt from pay laws. Is that true? —D.D., West Virginia

A. No. Universities and other education institutions are not exempt from wage-and-hour laws. Assuming your special-events supervisors are hourly, nonexempt employees, you should pay them for hours spent on matters related to the hiring process. But if your supervisors are bona fide exempt employees, you don't need to pay them extra for their interviewing work.

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