New Postdoctoral Minimum Salary Requirement
November 07, 2016
The new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulatory changes and the move to a market-based compensation have provoked conversation around the current compensation policy for postdoctoral scholars. To comply with the new FLSA regulations for postdocs, universities need to either 1) increase the minimum salary for postdocs to $47,476, or 2) classify postdocs as hourly workers, including tracking time sheets and paying overtime.
There has been discussion about these salary thresholds as applied postdoctoral scholars, and the widespread consensus is that increasing postdoc salaries is warranted and productive.
Moving forward, at the University of Idaho, the following policy will apply:
- The minimum compensation is based on the NIH guidelines (currently $47,484) regardless of funding source for the position.
- Postdoctoral positions are FLSA overtime exempt (with the exception noted below).
- Fractional appointments (i.e., <1.0 FTE) will be considered, as exceptions to this policy, subject to review and approval by the dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
- If the weekly compensation is more than $913, the position is exempt. Any time worked beyond the fractional appointment is compensated at the hourly rate.
- If the weekly compensation is less than $913, the position is non-exempt, subject to the time reporting and overtime requirement of the university. Hours worked and overtime pay must be closely tracked and documented.
Please email with any questions regarding postdoc FLSA classification or compensation requirements.
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