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A New Year, a New Administration and a New Congress

by CUPA-HR

Congress convened on January 3 to usher in the 115th Congress and begin immediate work in an effort to deliver on election promises. With Republican majorities in both houses, an incoming Republican administration and one of the busiest Congressional calendars in years, 2017 promises to be an action-packed year that will bring much change. .

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12 Great Reads of 2016

by Missy Kline

CUPA-HR’s The Higher Education Workplace magazine and Higher Ed Workplace blog are full of articles and stories highlighting new and innovative ways to do HR (from institutions and organizations who have been there, done that). In case you missed them (we know it was a busy year!), here are some highlights from the magazine and the blog from the past year.

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2016 Comes to a Close

by CUPA-HR

When the new year is ushered in, congressional Republicans and President Trump will have a huge amount of work to do in order to be successful delivering on campaign promises. The Trump administration has been very vocal that they want to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), make changes to corporate tax reform — which will include small business — and individual tax reform, and make significant changes to our immigration laws.

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FLSA Injunction–Changes Made, Changes Stopped and Changes Reversed

by Andy Brantley

flsa_injunction_infog_2Following months of preparation for the December 1 FLSA changes, the injunction issued on November 22 temporarily stopped implementation, requiring quick action by higher ed HR and other campus leaders. See what actions institutions have taken in response to the injunction.

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3 Ways to Make Your Performance Management Process More Effective

by Sissy Meredith

perfromance-managementIf you were to poll a random number of employees about your organization’s performance management process, what do you think they’d say? Chances are, they’d lament that it is not helpful, that it’s just one of those “must-do” tasks or that it doesn’t add value to their work. So how can we as HR professionals help turn the tide of ineffective performance management? How can we help managers understand the importance of creating a hands-on, ongoing dialogue surrounding an employee’s performance throughout the year?

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DOL’s Persuader Rule Permanently Blocked

by CUPA-HR

On November 16, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas granted a nationwide, permanent injunction in National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Perez. The decision made permanent a June 27 preliminary injunction and prevents the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing and enforcing its recent changes to the persuader rule, which was scheduled to go into effect July 1.

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CUPA-HR Submits Comments on Proposed Regulation on Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practices

by CUPA-HR

The comments express our concerns that the proposed rule grants the Department of Justice investigative powers that go “far beyond the boundaries of [the Immigration and Nationality Act] in a way that ignores the statutory context, runs contrary to Congress’s intent, and is not necessary to the effective administration of the immigration-related unfair employment practices provisions of the INA.”

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Blacklisting Regulation Enjoined

by CUPA-HR

On October 24, hours before the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule (the blacklisting rule) was set to take effect, a federal judge in the Eastern District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction to halt most of the provisions of the rule from going into effect. The one provision that the court left in place was the pay transparency requirement, which will go into effect January 1, 2017.

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Administration Issues Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals

by CUPA-HR

The guidance is based on previous enforcement actions the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have taken against employers who have “agreed not to compete for employees” and sets forth basic principles that HR professionals can follow in order to avoid running afoul of antitrust laws.

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The Countdown Is On – New Overtime Rule Goes Into Effect December 1

by Missy Kline

december_1Update: On November 22, a U.S. District Court judge from Texas issued a preliminary injunction postponing the effective date of the overtime rule, meaning the rule will not go into effect on December 1.

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