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NLRB Issues Guidance on Employee Handbook Language

by Gayle Kiser

employee-handbookThe National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s general counsel issued a report last week that offers specific examples of lawful and unlawful language used in employee handbooks in several key categories, including rules on confidentiality and employee conduct.

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Faculty and Staff Orientation: A New Approach

by CUPA-HR

creativity-innovation-success-300pxIs your new employee orientation program a data dump, filled with policies and statistics and not much more? Do you inundate your new hires with PowerPoint slides and stacks of forms to fill out? Do you get the feeling your orientation and onboarding program leaves new hires feeling overwhelmed and drained? Not a great way to welcome new talent to your institution!

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Digital Learning Day Celebrates New Ways of Teaching and Learning

by Missy Kline

DLD_buttonTechnology is increasingly finding its way into the teaching and learning model, not only in K-12 and higher education, but also in the workplace. Thanks to the emergence of online courses, webinars, virtual conferences and a multitude of digital platforms, today’s workforce enjoys expanded opportunities for professional development. This year’s Digital Learning Day (March 13) might be a good time to take stock of your professional development delivery model.

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2015 Snapshot: Women in Higher Ed Leadership

by Gayle Kiser

CUPAHR_women_in_highered_20151-thumbWould it surprise you to hear that 72% of chief HR officers at colleges and universities are women? Or that the median salary for women in the chief HR position is 90% of the median salary for men in the same position? Because March is Women’s History Month, we thought we’d take a closer look at the data.

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New Guidance From NLRB Could Pave the Way for More Faculty Organizing on College Campuses

by Missy Kline

road-arrow-thingThe National Labor Relations Board's new “breadth and depth” test of faculty authority, which it outlined in the recent Pacific Lutheran University decision, may make it easier for faculty to organize on college campuses.

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HR Audit – A Tool for Discovery

by Gayle Kiser

audit small (300x240)On the spectrum of what has to get done, HR audits often fall on the lower end. But an audit done right offers a unique opportunity to take stock of where your HR organization is, where it wants to be, and how it can get there. Concerned about what it might turn up? The job of an audit is not to test the merits of your organization's work, but rather to serve as a tool for discovery.

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And the Award Goes To …

by Missy Kline

star on red carpet 300Great work is being done in HR departments in colleges and universities across the country — from diversity and inclusion efforts to HR transformation, innovation and excellence, your peers and colleagues are leading the way. CUPA-HR celebrates these successes each year with our annual Higher Education Human Resources Awards. The following blog posts and articles from The Higher Education Workplace magazine and CUPA-HR eNews highlight some of our past awards recipients and their programs. Read on to learn what great things are happening in higher ed HR across the country!

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Welcome to the Higher Ed Workplace!

by Missy Kline

welcome-mat-300pxHR is HR, right? Does the industry in which you work really matter? Aren’t the functional areas the same across all sectors? Yes and no. While the basic tenets of human resources work apply across the board, HR work in higher education requires a slightly different approach. From the pace of the work to the way work gets done, from the nuances of working with faculty and student employees to the overall culture of higher ed, it certainly takes some getting used to.

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CUPA-HR Testifies Before House Subcommittee on E-Verify Legislation

by Missy Kline

e-verify-blogOn February 4, CUPA-HR had the opportunity to testify in support of the Legal Workforce Act before the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. Jill Blitstein, international employment manager at North Carolina State University, testified on behalf of CUPA-HR. In her testimony, Blitstein shared her experiences with e-verify and CUPA-HR’s support for the bill. She also offered several suggestions CUPA-HR has for improving the Legal Workforce Act, which are intended to make it easier for colleges and universities to complete the verification process and maintain compliance.

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6 Ways to Cultivate Labor Peace With Adjunct Faculty

by Missy Kline

cultivating-blogNearly every higher education institution in the U.S. employs adjunct faculty; and at many colleges and universities, these off-the-tenure-track professors make up the majority of the teaching faculty. These employees are a vital part of the higher ed workforce, contributing in myriad ways to institutions’ teaching and learning goals. But with the rise in the number of adjuncts across the country also comes a push by unions to organize them. How can institutions lessen the likelihood that adjunct faculty will feel the need to collectively bargain?

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