Postdoc Overtime

Below is a set of links to documents, webpages, etc. regarding the recent update to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA establishes a salary threshold (among other things) below which any salaried employee needs to be paid overtime for any work done beyond a standard 40 hour work week. While many positions in higher education are traditionally held as exempt from this salary threshold, for the first time, postdoctoral researchers are now explicitly held as non-exempt.
Discussions are only beginning regarding how this will be implemented at the University of Minnesota. In the meantime, below are links to pieces of information and opinions by those involved in science and labor in higher education.

Department of Labor Documents

U.S. Department of Labor, “Overtime Final Rule and Higher Education”

Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor, May 18 2016, “Guidance for Higher Education Institutions on Paying Overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act”

White House Office of the Press Secretary, “Fact Sheet:  Growing Middle Class Paychecks and Helping Working Families Get Ahead By Expanding Overtime Pay”

Commentaries on the Update

Francis Collins and Thomas Perez, Huffington Post Blog, 17 May 2016,  “Fair Pay for Postdocs:  Why We Support New Federal Overtime Rules”

Pamela A. Reynolds, Brown Rudnick LLP, Bloomberg Law Reports, “So You Think You Know About the FLSA?  Ten Common Assumptions About the FLSA That Can Land You in Hot Water”

Mike Lauer, Open Mike, 18 May 2016. “How New US Overtime Provisions Will Affect Postdoctoral Researchers”

National Postdoctoral Association, 19 May 2016, “Statement from the NPA on the Fair Labor Standards Act”

Union for Postdocs, UAW 5810, 12 May 2016 “UC Postdocs Weigh in on DOL Overtime Rule in Advance of Imminent Release”

DrugMonkey, 18 May 2016 “Collins announces NRSA salaries will meet Obama's overtime rule.”

Science, Jocelyn Kaiser, 19 May 2016, “New US overtime rules will bump up postdoc pay, but could hurt research budgets”

Nature, 24 May 2016, “Crunch time: Overtime pay for postdoctoral scientists is welcome — but could mean fewer positions.”

Faculty Forward, 25 May 2016, “Postdocs unite to confront challenges in higher education”

The Scientist, Beryl Lieff Benderly, June 1 2016, “Postdoc mysteries”

MinnPost, Adria Fernandez, June 2 2016, “New overtime rules are good for postdocs - and the missions of their universities”