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CUPA-HR Members Meet With Lawmakers in First-Ever “Day on the Hill” Event

by CUPA-HR

The meetings afforded both CUPA-HR as an organization and the individual members who attended a platform to discuss issues for which the association has led advocacy efforts over the past year as well as issues currently impacting higher education and higher ed HR.

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Survey Finds Pay Gaps Among Higher Ed Staff, and a Lack of Younger Skilled Craft Workers

by Missy Kline

What does the staff workforce look like in higher ed? How long do they stay in their positions? Are women and minorities well-represented and paid equitably? Which staff positions have the highest salaries and which have the lowest? How does this pay vary across the country? These are some of the questions we sought to answer in this year’s Staff in Higher Education Salary Survey.

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Which Higher Ed Positions Were Most Affected by DOL’s Proposed Changes to the Overtime Rule?

by Missy Kline

Recently released data from CUPA-HR’s Professionals in Higher Education Salary Survey give us a good idea of which positions were changed to nonexempt and which positions saw salary increases to get them to the DOL's proposed salary threshold.

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Senate Confirms Alexander Acosta as Labor Secretary

by CUPA-HR

Now that Acosta has been confirmed, it is likely that we will begin to see clarity as to the future policy of DOL and more immediately whether DOL will continue to defend the overtime rule in court. We expect Acosta will make decisions on how to proceed with the overtime rule rather quickly.

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President Trump Signs Executive Order to Change H-1B Visa Rules

by CUPA-HR

On April 18, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled Buy American and Hire American which instructs federal agencies through the use of federal financial assistance awards and federal procurements to “maximize” the use of American goods and products and to “rigorously enforce and administer the laws governing entry into the U.S.” Additionally, the EO focuses specifically on reforming the H-1B program so that H-1B visas are awarded to the most skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries.

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USCIS H-1B Processing Changes

by CUPA-HR

On April 3, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) suspended premium processing for all H-1B petitions for a period of up to six months. This temporary suspension was announced in early March. The agency claims the change will help reduce overall processing times, as USCIS will be able to “process long-pending petitions … and prioritize adjudication of H-1B extension of status cases that are nearing the 240-day mark.”

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Top Disciplines for New Faculty Hires in Higher Ed

by Missy Kline

According to data from CUPA-HR’s Faculty and Department Heads in Higher Education Salary Survey, the hottest disciplines for new faculty hires in higher ed are nursing, psychology and English language/literature. Mathematics and music round out the top five.

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Labor Secretary Nominee Alex Acosta Wins Committee Approval

by CUPA-HR

On March 30, the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) favorably reported out the nomination of President Trump’s choice for secretary of labor, Alexander Acosta. Approved in a 12-11 vote along party lines, Acosta’s nomination now advances to the full Senate for consideration.

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How to Set the Stage for a Successful Inclusivity Program

by Missy Kline

By taking a thoughtful approach to inclusivity, an organization can help its people learn to model respect for one another, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, gender, social class, sexual orientation, ability and any of the other characteristics that are “different,” yet make each of us who we are.

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Trump Signs “Blacklisting” Resolution of Disapproval

by CUPA-HR

On March 27, President Trump signed into law a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution disapproving of the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” rule (the blacklisting rules) which permanently blocks implementation of the rule and any similar regulations in the future.

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