Changing Exempt to Hourly
There is ongoing controversy about registered nurses being exempt or non-exempt and I have a pretty good handle on this. But..."what if" in a medical practice setting we have a need to get individuals to work a non-traditional work day. For example, we may need to add a second shift. Hospitals traditionally pay "shift diffs", but their nurses are almost always hourly paid individuals. If, for example, we were to go to a second shift type situation, could we change our nurses status to an hourly status and pay them a shift differential without getting into trouble with the DOL or just how could we handle the issue of working a second shift (just give a premium for the second shift and leave their status as exempt?) This is a tricky one!