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Employment Classifications

Updated November 2018

Employment with Cambridge College will generally fall into one of the following categories: 

1.  Regular Full Time: College's typical administrative standard work week is either 35 or 37.5 hours, standard office hours: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M., Monday-Friday; eligibility for standard benefits.  Hours are subject to change based on department needs.

2.  Regular Part Time: employees who work fewer than the core thirty-five (35) or thirty-seven and one-half (37.5) hours per week; employees must work a minimum of twenty (20) hours per week to be eligible for paid benefits; vacation, personal and sick time are accrued on a pro-rated basis.

3.  Temporary Full Time/Temporary Part Time: Hired for up to six (6) months; covered by Workers’ Compensation; subject to FICA taxes; not eligible for benefits, including health insurance, holidays and accrued leave; no later than the fourth (4th) month, status will be reviewed by the Office of Human Resources with the immediate supervisor and the Department Head involved to assess ongoing need, budget implications, and/or make a staffing decision to convert to regular status.

4.  Consultant: Individual with specialized expertise who works as an independent contractor; is not an employee of the College and receives no benefits. All consultants’ contracts must be approved by General CounselHiring of consultants is typically managed by the hiring department head in concert with the General Counsel and the Office of Human Resources.

5. Intern: A student actively enrolled at a college or university, including Cambridge College, seeking practical work experience.  An Intern is hired on a temporary basis. Typically there is a learning component to the assignment. If an Intern is unpaid, he/she must be receiving academic credit for the work. 

6. Student Worker – Student workers are enrolled Cambridge College students who are hired through the Financial Aid office and not through HR.


Employees of Cambridge College will be classified as either "exempt" or "non-exempt," in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Non-exempt employees are paid at their regular hourly rate for up to forty (40) hours in a single work week.  All hours worked above forty (40) in a single work week are compensated at a rate of one and one-half times the employee’s regular rate and constitutes overtime pay.  All non-exempt employees must complete a weekly time card and keep track of all hours worked per work week.

An employee classified as "exempt" is not entitled to overtime pay for hours worked over 40 hours in any given work week.  Several factors determine whether or not an employee will be classified as exempt, including the duties of the job and the employee's salary.  Exempt employees are required to complete semi-monthly time cards (even if no time was taken).  Exempt employees are required to indicate absences such as for holidays, sick time, personal days or vacation on a semi-monthly basis.

Upon changing positions as a result of a promotion, transfer, or otherwise, an employee will be informed of any change in FLSA classification.  Employees may simultaneously hold assignments in different job categories or classifications.  In some cases, there are unique provisions to ensure compliance with the FLSA’s overtime and record keeping requirements. Any questions regarding an employment category or FLSA classification, should be directed to the Office of Human Resources.

Regardless of an employee’s classification, employment at Cambridge College is at-will, which means that either the employee or Cambridge College can terminate the relationship with or without cause or notice at any time. Please see Cambridge College’s At-Will policy.