In early July, President Obama published details on proposed changes to rules defining which employees are exempted from receiving overtime pay. The new rules propose changing the “exempt” employee status from >$23,660 to <$50,400. The full details of the Administration’s proposal were published Monday, July 6. The comment period closes this Friday, September 4. Those most affected by this rule change on university campuses across the nation would be postdoctoral researchers.
On Aug. 28, the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) posted its comments calling for a graduated approach to increasing post doc salaries: “….The proposed salary changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will require institutions employing postdocs to determine whether they remain exempt if the salary minimum for exemption is raised to $50,440. While postdoc salaries should be raised, the NPA is concerned that if the proposed change to $50,440 is made effective immediately, it may have unintended consequences that would negatively affect postdoctoral scholars in the short term…” The NPA full statement can be read here.
Postdoctoral researchers and their mentors should take the time to comment on how these proposed changes could affect their labs and workflow.