It was recently announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has authorized an increase in the maximum annual salary level to $47,476 to go into effect December 1, 2016, under which over-time pay is required for salaried workers. We have had several coaches ask us how this will affect strength and conditioning coaches whose salaries fall under this level.
As a result, we consulted CSCCa legal counsel for guidance to help our member coaches understand and navigate this important issue. In response, this document was developed to be used as a guide for strength and conditioning coaching staffs as they discuss this change and its effects with their administrations.
According to our legal counsel, strength and conditioning coaches may be exempt from this Final Rule due to the teaching nature of their positions. Individuals employed at higher education institutions with over 50 percent of their time spent in teaching (instructing student-athletes about physical health, teamwork and safety responsibilities) may be exempt from this Rule. For additional information, please review the document “Guidance for Higher Education Institutions on Paying Overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.”
You can also check out this white paper developed by the NCAA regarding this issue.
The CSCCa encourages you to read through all of the linked documents above. Regardless of what is decided regarding the status (exempt or non-exempt) of the strength and conditioning coach at an institution, we feel that this national change has brought attention to the issue of providing fair salaries and wages for U.S. workers and provides an opportunity for our coaches to discuss the salaries of strength and conditioning staff members with their administrators. This is an excellent opportunity to educate these administrators regarding the level of knowledge and expertise required to design and administer safe and effective comprehensive strength and conditioning programs for our student athletes.
We would also encourage institutions at which strength and conditioning coaches are considered to be exempt from this Rule to make sure that coaches on their strength and conditioning staffs are allowed time off during “non-peak” seasons to off-set those time periods in which the strength and conditioning coaches are required to work more than a 40-hour work week. This is extremely important to ensure coaches a healthy and productive work-life balance.
Please remember that this information is only to be used as a guide. Ultimately this matter must be addressed by the legal and HR departments at each individual institution. Please contact the CSCCa National Office with any questions or concerns you may have regarding this issue.
Dr. Chuck Stiggins
CSCCa Executive Director
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