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Often clients call us to ask who would be considered a Supervisory Employee. Is it somebody who has a direct report? What about a shift supervisor?

The definition that we give people is as follows:

A supervisory employee is an employee who has authority to hire, transfer, suspend, lay off, recall, promote, discharge, assign, reward, or discipline other employees, or to adjust their grievances, or effectively to recommend such action, if, in connection with the foregoing, the exercise of such authority is not of a merely routine or clerical nature but requires the use of independent judgment.

If an employee in any way has supervisory authority over other employees (even if they are not their direct report), then they should be considered a supervisory employee. Types of supervisory employees include:

  • Shift Leader
  • Shift Managers
  • Assistant Managers
  • Managers
  • Supervisors