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December 1, 2016

Update on FLSA Salary Issues

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We are very pleased to report: approximately 600 UW postdocs are receiving raises effective today, Dec. 1, 2016, as a result of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) initially, and now with the support of UW leadership.

Vice Provost for Academic Personnel Cheryl A. Cameron shared with the community the following message on Nov. 29, 2016:

“As many of you are aware, Judge Amos Mazzant, a United States District Judge in Texas, issued a nationwide preliminary injunction on November 22, 2016, enjoining the Department of Labor’s Final Rule that increased the FLSA salary minimum threshold in order to qualify for an overtime-exempt position.

As a result of a meeting today with UW leadership, President Cauce and Provost Baldasty have determined that we will continue to move forward with the following actions:

1) They re-affirmed that current Senior Fellows, Senior Fellow-Trainees, Research Associates, Research Associate-Trainees, and Visiting Scientists are required to be full-time employees (i.e., 1.0 FTE) and must earn a minimum monthly salary of $3,957.00 (even if they are only partially paid by the UW) by no later than December 1, 2016. Furthermore, all new appointees, including full and partial paid directs (PDR), must be paid a minimum monthly salary of $3,957.00, as well as hold a 1.0 FTE.

2) In limited circumstances and for a limited period of time, an employee who holds an appointment in any of the above job class codes may be permitted to take a partial leave of absence without pay in order to support an effective career development/family obligation balance (information regarding this process was communicated on November 10, 2016).

3) The Office of Research is continuing with its plans to implement its Bridge Funding program. In addition, NIH has recently indicated its intention to continue with its plan to increase the stipend levels on T32 and F32 awards. Please refer any related questions to research@uw.edu.

4) Current Senior Fellows, Senior Fellow-Trainees, Research Associates, Research Associate-Trainees, and Visiting Scientists who are 100% paid direct (from independent sources) will be handled separately on a case-by-case basis; follow-up communication will be forthcoming.

5) For any of the above five appointment types sponsored on J-1 visas, please refer to the revised J-1 funding page, which has been updated to reflect the new requirements, including that personal or family funds are not to be considered when calculating the appointee’s salary.

If you or your department administrators have any questions, please contact Assistant Vice Provosts Shelley Kostrinsky or Rhonda Forman, with whom they have been working on this issue during the past few months.”

This message has gone out to all deans and was planned for release to all departmental administrators as well.  We encourage postdocs to check in with your departmental administrator if you have any questions or concerns about the implementation of the raises in your area.  If anyone has questions or encounters challenges, in addition to the Academic HR contacts listed above we in the OPA are very interested to hear from you.  Please feel free to reach out anytime at: uwopa@uw.edu.

And for those who are interested in following progress on the national level, the postdoc-advocacy group Future of Research has made a statement and also been very active following institutional response to FLSA.


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