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Determining the Importance of the Work

To be exempt, work must be of substantial importance to the management and operations of a department, etc. For example, a position whose primary function is to participate in the development of business operations or management policies would typically be exempt. In contract, a position whose main responsibility is to ensure that management policies are being followed would not be considered exempt.

Exempt employees make analyses and draw conclusions, which are important to the determination of management policies or general business operations. Importance can be measured by the degree and impact of:

  • Advising
  • Planning
  • Negotiating
  • Representing the University
  • Purchasing
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Researching
  • Controlling

Types of positions that typically perform this kind of work are:

  • Advisory specialist to management
  • Executives, managers and supervisors
  • Professional such as lawyers, doctors, pharmacists, engineers
  • Employees who work on special assignments or in public relations type positions

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