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House Committee Holds Hearing on DOL’s Overtime Proposal

by CUPA-HR

overtimeOn July 23, the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing on the impact of the DOL’s proposed changes to the rules governing federal overtime regulations under the FLSA. Witnesses testified on the possible impact of the proposal on workplace opportunity and flexibility for workers and budgets and operations for nonprofits, businesses and other employers.

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DOL Issues New Guidance on Misclassification of Independent Contractors

by CUPA-HR

capitol-building-featuredOn July 15, the DOL issued new guidance in the form of an Administrator’s Interpretation on employee and independent contractor classification under the FLSA. The guidance attempts to clarify FLSA's definitions of "employee" and "employment" while also shedding additional light on its process for determining whether an independent contractor has been misclassified.

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Test Your HR Legal Knowledge: First Amendment

by Julie Boggs

test-your-hr-legal-knowledge-CUPA-HRWhether "HR legal expert" is already on your list of mastered HR competencies or you're working to get it there, here’s a real court case that will test your HR legal knowledge and risk management acumen on the First Amendment. Review the facts of the case, tell us which side you think prevailed, and find out if you’re right!

The Case: Campus Cop Love Triangle — Goff v. Kutztown University & Its Police Chief (E.D. Pa., 10/22/14)

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Where Do Your HR Competencies Lie?

by Missy Kline

Framework_10.5x8The one-size-fits-all approach to training and development is quickly going the way of the dinosaur, and moving to the forefront is competency-based learning, where learning is less about the time spent in a classroom, and more about mastering specific skills through personalized learning experiences.

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Student Success — It’s HR’s Job Too

by Missy Kline

HiResEvery individual in an organization is responsible for helping that organization meet its bottom line. For higher ed, the bottom line is student success. While HR contributes behind the scenes to student success in myriad ways, it’s not often we’re able to be front and center. However, when leadership at Alamo Colleges last year charged every department on campus with making a direct impact on student success and engagement, HR met the challenge.

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Selling and Influencing – All in a Day’s Work (Yes, Even in HR!)

by Missy Kline

Danielpink2An HR pro is lots of things … but a salesperson? An influencer? A mover and shaker? Best-selling author and business analyst Daniel Pink says, “Absolutely!” Ahead of his keynote address at this year’s CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo, we had the chance to speak with Pink about this notion.

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Test Your HR Legal Knowledge: Age Discrimination

by Julie Boggs

test-your-hr-legal-knowledge-CUPA-HRAre you looking to add "HR legal expert" to your resume? Here’s a real court case that will help test your HR legal knowledge. Review the facts of the case, tell us which side you think prevailed, and find out if you’re right!

The Case: "New Blood" Age Discrimination — Allain v. University of Louisiana System (W.D. La., 1/22/15)

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5 Ways to Prepare for the NLRB’s New Election Process

by Gayle Kiser

people in the shape of a handshake. Given new procedures and the speed with which an election can take place, private-sector colleges and universities need to not only understand the new rules, but also have a plan for adhering to the new requirements and timelines. In a CUPA-HR webinar, Jonathan C. Fritts, a partner at Morgan Lewis, covered the key changes in detail and shared these five takeaways.

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When You Care Enough to Send a Card

by Missy Kline

envelopeWho doesn’t love getting a card in the mail? The hand-addressed envelope, the real stamp in the corner, the excitement of what might be inside — a treasure in the midst of a stack of bills, junk mail and advertisements. If you’re like me, before you even open it your day is already a little brighter with the thought that someone cared enough to send you well wishes. It was this sentiment that led the Workers’ Compensation and Disability Management Services Team at University of California, Irvine to create its Care Cards program. The concept is a simple one: any UC Irvine employee who takes a medical leave of absence receives a card in the mail signed by each member of the team with a customized message and information about who to contact if they have questions or concerns about their leave or claim.

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CUPA-HR Testifies Before Joint Committee on ACA Issues

by Gayle Kiser

Carroll_060315_300x189 Because the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s employer mandate does not specifically exclude most student workers, it poses a dilemma for colleges and universities. This issue was highlighted in CUPA-HR’s testimony on June 3 before the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee regarding the impact of the ACA on colleges and universities.

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