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Employment > Employment Category Definitions


Nonexempt Employee – If you are nonexempt, the University is required by federal law to pay you a regular hourly wage. The University is also required to pay you overtime at the rate of one and one-half times your regular hourly rate for all hours you work over 40 in a given workweek. Time records are required for all nonexempt staff members.

Exempt Employee – If you are exempt, the University
is required to pay you a salary; salary levels for exempt staff should reflect the total compensation for all services provided. The nature of exempt work may require exempt employees to work more than regularly scheduled hours in a given workweek. Exempt employees are not eligible for overtime pay; do not complete an hourly time sheet, and are not covered by the overtime pay provisions of the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Exempt employees must
account for 10 days per pay period. They may be Duty Days, paid leave days, or any combination thereof.

Contingent Employment - Contingent employment is a non-regular status of employment for Nonexempt or Exempt positions in the University System of Maryland. Contingent Employee:

  • Provides personal services to an institution for pay.
  • Is not employed as a regular employee in a
    budgeted position.
  • Has an employer-employee relationship with the institution in which the institution furnishes necessary supplies and equipment, and a place to work; has the right to control and direct the details, means and results of the performance of the services; and has the right to discharge the person from employment.
  • Must meet the minimum qualifications for the
    position.

Category I Contingent Employee – Category I 
Contingent Employee is any contingent employee whose written agreement contract is for a term of six months or less regardless of the percentage of time worked and regardless of whether it is seasonal or intermittent in nature. Category I employees are not eligible to receive fringe benefits.

Category II Contingent Employee – Contingent
Category II is defined as any Contingent Status employee whose written agreement (contract) is for more than six months, but no more than 12 consecutive months; and is on a full-time basis or on a part-time basis of 50% or more of full-time employment; and is not seasonal or intermittent in nature.