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Is Workplace Wellness on the Way Out?

by Missy Kline

Workplace wellness programs are on the decline in higher education. At least that’s what the findings from CUPA-HR’s 2016 Higher Education Employee Healthcare and Other Benefits Survey show. Data from this year’s survey indicate that 56.8 percent of responding institutions offer a formal wellness program, down from 70 percent in 2012. The number of institutions that are planning to institute a wellness program has decreased by 30 percent over the last year, and the percentage of institutions with either a wellness budget or dedicated wellness staff has also shrunk markedly in the past year.

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Clinton v. Trump Workforce Policy

by CUPA-HR

The upcoming election promises to fuel both federal and local interest in workforce regulation, as the leading candidates from both parties have focused their campaigns addressing inequality through a variety of measures, including changes to the laws governing the workforce. So just where do Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton stand on workforce policy?

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Test Your HR Legal Knowledge: Retaliatory Discharge

by Brittany Hubbard

gavel on law bookAre you an HR legal expert? Here’s a real court case to 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: FLSA retaliatory discharge.

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Biannual Regulatory Agenda Released — Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors, Blacklisting Regulations Likely to be Addressed

by CUPA-HR

On May 18, the Obama Administration released its Unified Regulatory Agenda and Regulatory Plan, providing the public with a detailed glimpse into the regulatory policies and priorities under consideration by 59 federal departments, agencies and commissions. Of particular note to higher ed, action is expected on determining the impact of the use of electronic devices by nonexempt employees, paid sick leave for contractors, and the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Act.

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3 Ways to Hone Your Digital Leadership Skills

by Missy Kline

Social media can be overwhelming … especially for those of us who grew up without it (remember when AOL Instant Messenger was the game changer?!). But it’s the norm for the students we serve, and for those who are currently entering our workforce. That's why it's essential for higher ed professionals to understand social media and emerging digital technologies and the impact they can have on campus and beyond.

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The Journey Begins for Six Early-Career Higher Ed HR Pros

by Missy Kline

Remember when you were first starting out on your higher ed HR career path? If you were lucky enough to have an ear to bend, a shoulder to lean on or footsteps to follow in early in your career, it likely helped you find your footing, gain some confidence and feel reassured and supported in your new role. This is exactly what CUPA-HR’s Wildfire program is designed to provide for a select few early-career higher education HR professionals each year.

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DOL’s New Persuader Rule Unenforceable Due to Court Ruling

by CUPA-HR

On June 27, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued an injunction preventing DOL from implementing and enforcing its recent changes to the persuader rule, which was scheduled to go into effect July 1.

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Shawn Achor’s Happiness Advantage at Work

by Julie Boggs

CUPA-HR Staff Book Discussion GroupWe’ve all read about it, heard about it and discussed it with our HR colleagues — unhappy employees hurt our organizations.

Author and researcher Shawn Achor has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success, and when he was first selected as a keynote speaker for the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2016 in Washington, D.C., a small group of CUPA-HR staff set out to discover his secrets to happiness by organizing a book club to read and discuss Achor’s book The Happiness Advantage.

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3 Things You Need to Know About OFCCP’s New Sex Discrimination Guidelines

by CUPA-HR

The agency’s new regulations address a variety of issues which have arisen since the previous iteration was published in 1970, including sexual harassment, accommodations for pregnancy, equal leave and benefits for men and women, gender identity and sex stereotyping.

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OFCCP Publishes Final Rule Updating Sex Discrimination Guidelines

by CUPA-HR

On June 14, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs published a final rule updating its sex discrimination guidelines for federal contractors and subcontractors for the first time in 40 years.

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