PI Town Hall Meetings: Effect of The Fair Labor Standards Act on Project Personnel (Grant-funded Personnel)

Published October 13, 2016

The Offices of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Sponsored Projects Services, Human Resources and Postdoctoral Scholars would like to take this opportunity to invite all UB Principal Investigators and grant administrative personnel to an important meeting to provide information, education, and guidance regarding the new rules issued by the U.S. Department of Labor for The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Three separate meetings, one on each campus, will be held as follows:

  1. Monday, October 24, 1:00 – 2:30, North Campus, Student Union – Pride and Tradition Assembly Hall, Room 330
  2. Tuesday, October 25, 10:00 – 11:30, Downtown Campus, Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, Bruce A. Holm Commons Area (2 Floor)
  3. Wednesday, October 26, 2:30 – 4:00, South Campus, 144 Farber Hall

The FLSA provides the guidelines as to the appropriate means to pay employees of an organization in respect to their eligibility for overtime pay.  These new rules are set to go into place on December 1, 2016.  Because of the potential that these new rules will affect project personnel, we are calling these meetings with PIs as a group to discuss the impact on research grants.  Updates to FLSA could affect job titles and functions common to research and other sponsored programs such as postdoctoral associates, research scientists, research support specialists, and project assistants, to name a few. This meeting is intended to lay out how UB is approaching this compliance for all State, Research Foundation, and UB Foundation employees. This meeting will include the following:

  • Important aspects of the new regulations that need to be followed.
  • Creating the new section of employees at UB: “professional positions eligible for overtime”.
  • Expected work, time reporting, and potential impact for overtime incurred.
  • Potential impact to current grants and research activities.
  • Strategies to prepare future grants and research proposals.

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Coldren (mcoldren@buffalo.edu, 645-8155) or Bob Palmer (rp9@buffalo.edu, 645-4476) in Human Resources.