I wanted to explain our decision to allow non-exempt (hourly) staff to check emails only from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. We still have to adhere to federal laws when it comes to hours worked for non-exempt staff. We have to keep track of the hours that non-exempt staff are working because they are eligible for overtime. Even if it only adds up to five hours a week, we still have to track it. Those laws have not gone away.
As you all know the situation that we are currently in changes by the hour. We chose the 4:00pm to 5:00 pm time frame because that allows us to share as up-to-date information as to what is going on with the library as of that day. Also, by choosing that time it allows HR to enter that hour as time worked for all non-exempt staff without having to enter different times for different employees.
You can check and respond to emails during that 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm time frame. As the previous email said, do not check email outside of that time frame or perform any other work without permission in advance from your supervisor.
I know these are challenging times for us all and we are doing our best to keep you all informed.
Please continue to take care of yourselves and your families.