2.2 Orientation Period

The first 90 days of employment with the Center are an orientation period. During this introductory time, an employee will be provided with an orientation to the Center’s policies, procedures, and services and the roles and responsibilities of the person’s employment performance. Teaching staff, program coordinators and administrative staff collaborate during the orientation period to determine if the new employee meets the physical and psychological competencies for working with children, families, and other staff. This information will be gathering from observations during the course of the observation period. Unsatisfactory performance may result in an extended orientation period or termination.

It is our hope that each employee will complete the orientation period successfully. However, at any time during or after the orientation period, an employee may be dismissed or may choose to end their employment, as the orientation period policy in no way modifies our at-will employment policy.

2.3 Overtime Pay

The general policy of First Environments is to avoid overtime, but on some occasions it may be necessary for you to work beyond your regular hours. We will try to advise employees of overtime needs as far in advance as possible. Overtime hours must be authorized in advance by a member of management prior to working over 40 hours in a workweek, unless staffing ratio does not allow you to leave the classroom.

For all employees, overtime for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per workweek will be paid at one and one-half times the employee’s regular rate of pay. Overtime will not be paid unless an employee has worked more than 40 hours in a workweek, even if the employee is regularly scheduled to work fewer than 40 hours. Paid leave, holidays, and other time away from work that is compensated by First Environments will not be counted as hours worked for purposes of calculating overtime, unless an employee actually works on that day.

Compensatory time off in lieu of overtime pay is not available.

2.4 Paydays and Distribution of Paychecks

2.4.1 Pay Periods

Employees are paid every other Friday. Each workweek starts on Sunday 12:00am and ends on Saturday 11:59pm. A pay period consists of two workweeks. You may request a schedule of pay dates from Center management.

First Environments has established direct deposit for payment of wages and expenses for those employees who wish to participate.
On each payday, you will receive your paycheck or direct deposit notice and a statement showing gross pay, deductions, and net pay. If an employee feels there has been an error made in his or her paycheck, the employee should report it immediately to the Executive Director.

2.4.2 Salary Range

Each position is assigned a salary range based on similar employment that provides salary rates that are competitive with other day care centers. Salary ranges will be approved by the Center.

Any questions pertaining to your wages are to be referred to the Executive Director.


Last updated: 1/26/2017