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Payroll:  Employees Types at SMU

The primary relationship between an employee and SMU determines the individual’s employee type. The correct classification is necessary to ensure compliance and accurate reporting in the areas of:

Ø                  FICA tax withholding

Ø                  Unemployment wages

Ø                  Benefits charges applied to the GL

Ø                  Grants and contracts 

Determining the type of employee you are engaging to work 

What is the person’s primary relationship with SMU? (Why is the person here at SMU?)

  • Is he here to attend as a student, and is working part-time in addition to his studies? Student
  • Is he here to work and is also taking a class? Staff
  • Is he a graduate student, enrolled in classes himself, but is teaching a class this semester? Student

Type of Employee

Biweekly payroll

Monthly payroll

Staff

“Non-exempt” – Covered by overtime provisions under FLSA

“Exempt” from overtime provisions under FLSA

Generally, paid an hourly rate times the number of hours worked per pay period

Paid a salary (flat dollar amount) each pay period

May be regular or temporary; full- or part-time

May be regular or temporary; full- or part-time

Faculty

N/A

Paid a monthly salary or contract amount each pay period

May be regular or adjunct

Students

“Non-exempt” – Covered by overtime provisions under FLSA

“Exempt” from overtime provisions under FLSA

Generally, paid an hourly rate times the number of hours worked per pay period

Teaching assistants or research assistants paid a monthly salary (flat dollar amount)  – only if wages are charged to a grant

Teaching assistants or research assistants – paid a biweekly salary (flat dollar amount)