Special Announcement to Rutgers Faculty and Research Staff – September 30, 2016

Due to a recent decision by the U.S. Department of Labor, effective December 1, 2016, the salaries of all postdoctoral fellows at Rutgers will be increased, universitywide, to $47,476. This increase is in response to changes in the regulations governing eligibility for white collar overtime exemptions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Rutgers reviewed the plans of our peer institutions and this change is consistent with the majority of schools (read NIH perspectives here.)

In order to deem an employee exempt from the FLSA (i.e. not eligible for overtime), one criterion which must be satisfied is a minimum salary threshold. This salary threshold has been increased from $23,660 to $47,476.

Grant applicants who plan to hire postdoctoral fellows must budget for a salary of at least $47,476 per year, and should plan for an annual increase in the minimum salary of approximately three percent in the future. PIs with approved awards may be required to adjust salaries from their remaining funds. To see if supplemental funds may be available for externally funded postdoctoral fellows, PIs can contact their program officer.

Questions on grant applications should be directed to your grant specialist (see list here). Questions on HR definitions or increasing the salaries for current postdoctoral fellows should be directed to your Human Resources contact (see list here).