Update on Salaries of Research Associates

Hello MSU Research Associates,
Attached is a new memo from the Provost regarding the salaries of research associates (RA). Basically, it states that the current salary minimum for RA is $39,010 (some of you are below this, Academic HR is not sure how or why that happened). The new minimum is $42,500, to be implemented within 6 months. In July 2018 the minimum is to be raised to $47,484.
While this will not impact most of you in the short-term (or ever if you’re above the 2018 minimum), this is a step in the right direction. Also of note: out-of-cycle salary increases require some justification, however, the justification can simply be ‘salary is to be increased based on market value and/or merit’.
If you have any questions, we are here.

 

 

Update on New Fair Labor Standards Act Regulations

On November 22, 2016, a U.S. District Court judge from Texas issued a preliminary injunction to halt the effective date of the U.S. Department of Labor changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that were intended to take effect on December 1, 2016. See the memo issued to Deans, Directors, Chairs, Human Resources Representatives and Budget Officers for details regarding MSU’s response to the injunction. Please continue to check this site for more information. Further information can be found here.

New Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Regulation coming into effect on December 1st of 2016

As some of you may be aware, there is a new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Regulation coming into effect on December 1st of 2016. The Department of Labor (DOL) released its final regulations making changes to rules governing overtime exemptions under FLSA. The new regulation will require the payment of overtime for hours worked in excess of 40 hours/week (Sunday-Saturday) for those employees who are non-exempt. Research Associates at Michigan State University who earn below the new salary threshold of $47,476 will be significantly impacted on our campus. Those who earn below $47,476 will lose their exempt status, will be required to track hours worked, and will become eligible for overtime pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. Alternatively, your PI can opt to increase your salary to the new threshold.

For further details please go here.

Fall 2016 English Pronunciation Workshops for International Post-docs and Research Associates

This is a three-part workshop series. The series is designed for post-docs and research associates who are interested in improving their English pronunciation. American undergraduates in the Speech Science department will facilitate small group activities. Altinsel will also provide materials for participants’ self-study. It is highly recommended that you attend all three parts. Please find details here.

Workshop on Developing Communication & Conflict Management Skills for Optimal Productivity

The Graduate School and Postdoctoral Office are sponsoring a workshop on Developing Communication & Conflict Management Skills for Optimal Productivity on Friday, November 4th from 10am-2:30 PM in 110 Chittenden Hall. Join this interactive workshop to learn about communication skills, and how to use them to set expectations. Registration is limited and required; please sign up at https://o.grad.msu.edu/workshopRegistration/  See the flyer for more information.