The 2016 presidential election was divisive, dramatic, and distracting. That’s why you probably missed a series of rulings and regulations that could have a profound impact on your research. But fear not, Daniel and Josh are back with news on the recent legislation and how it affects your funding and focus. Fair Labor for Postdocs First up, the Fair Labor Standards Act, or “FLSA”, was scheduled for an update that would raise salaries for full time employees. Way back in Episode 2, we outlined how President Obama’s proposed changes would apply to postdoctoral researchers. Universities and institutions like the NIH would be required to either boost postdoc pay to $47,476, or treat them as hourly employees and start tracking their overtime pay. Staring down the barrel of additional paperwork, many universities made plans to simply increase postdoc pay above the threshold before the December 1, 2016 deadline. But on November 23rd, a US District Judge imposed an injunction, blocking the implementation until further review. Many universities and research organizations decided to go ahead with the pay bump, but a few balked. You can find out what your employer decided by visiting the Future of Research website. They’ve compiled school-by-school reports on FLSA compliance and they’ll maintain that list moving forward. For recent grads seeking out a new lab for your postdoctoral work, be sure to consider the ever-widening pay gap that exists among otherwise comparable universities. Vote with your research, and make sure you are compensated appropriately for your valuable work. 21st Century Cures As of this writing, the 21st Century Cures Act has passed the US House of Representatives with bipartisan support. This omnibus health care and research bill cuts a wide swath, touching everything from basic research to medical device marketing. Before we unpack the parts of special interest to the HelloPhD audience, let’s let President Obama give us the tl;dr.