Part-Time/Adjunct Work Hours FAQs

Part-Time Employee & Adjunct Instructor Work Hours Restrictions FAQs

***THESE RULES AND GUIDELINES ARE UPDATED ON AN ON-GOING BASIS.****

***PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER THIS FALL FOR UPDATED 2014-2015 INFORMATION***

PART-TIME EMPLOYEE & ADJUNCT INSTRUCTORS:

Q: Can I teach as an adjunct and also work part-time?
A: As of July 1, 2013 all OTC employees who are not full-time must be classified as either part-time or adjunct. An employee can no longer be considered both part-time AND adjunct.

Q: What's the difference between part-time and adjunct?
A:  Part-time employees are restricted to a maximum number of hours per week. Part-time employees earn a flat hourly rate. Adjunct employees are instructors who teach credit hour classes and are paid by the number of credit hours they teach.

Q: How many hours can I work?
A: Part-time employees are restricted to a maximum of 19.5 work hours per week. This 19.5 hour total is a combined total between all jobs at OTC.

Q: I'm an instructor. How do I determine how many credit hours I can teach?
A: Discussions with PSRS are currently taking place. A determination on maximum teaching load will be forthcoming. Please check back later this fall for updated 2014-2015 information.

 

***PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER THIS FALL FOR UPDATED 2014-2015 INFORMATION***

RETIREES (Employees retired from the MO PSRS/PEERS only):

Q: I'm retired, but still teach a few hours to supplement my income. How many hours can I work without creating problems with my retirement benefits?
A: Retirees are allowed to work 550 clock hours per school year without harm to retirement benefits.

Q: Do these same restrictions apply to me?
A: Retirees are exempt from the single employment classification status because of the limitations on their annual hourly workload. Hour maximums are calculated on the combined total between all work performed at OTC.

Q:  How many hours per week can I work part-time?
A:  For part-time employment, the 19.5 hours/week maximum limit applies, up to the 550 hours/year total.

Q:  How are my teaching hours calculated to equal work hours?
A:  For adjunct teaching, credit hours are converted to clock hours at a 1:2 ratio--3 credit hours = 6 clock hours/week x 16 weeks or 96 clock hours for the semester. 

A 12 credit-hour teaching load would equal 384 clock hours x 2 semesters = 768 clock hours.  Teaching 12 hours each semester (both fall & spring) will place a retiree in jeopardy of retirement benefits being withheld.  Retirees should not teach more than 16 credit hours over the entire school year.


FULL TIME EMPLOYEES:

Q: I normally teach more than 5 classes each semester. Can I still continue to teach classes in addition to my full-time course load?
A: Yes. You may teach a maximum of 2 overload courses per semester with your supervisor's permission. 


SUPERVISORS:

Prior approval must be granted from Finance for any and all exceptions to the above restrictions.

On the rare occasion that hours worked exceed 40 in a work week (Sunday-Saturday), the hours must be paid as overtime at 1.5 times the regular hourly pay rate.


 The OTC work week is defined as Sunday through Saturday.

 

The above restrictions have been set for part-time college employment in order to maintain compliance with Department of labor Fair Labor Standards Act, the Missouri Public School Retirement System and Public Education Employees Retirement System rules.

 

If you have any questions regarding these employment restrictions, please contact the Finance Office at payroll@otc.edu.

 

***THESE RULES AND GUIDELINES ARE UPDATED ON AN ON-GOING BASIS.****

***PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER THIS FALL FOR UPDATED 2014-2015 INFORMATION***